Friday, 7 April 2017
In A High-Tech Future (Poul Anderson's Technic History)
English shifts enough to become "Anglic" and also becomes the main international language without suppressing the rest.
In A Post-Tech Future (SM Stirling's Emberverse)
"...her fine ear noticed that his accent sounded a little stronger; speech was changing faster than it had in the old days, without national media or recorded sound to stabilize it. Highway 20 connected the Mackenzie territories with the CORA lands around Bend and Sisters, and the two communities were friendly and traded a good deal, but by pre-Change standards they had less contact then America had had with Bolivia back then."
-SM Stirling, A Meeting In Corvallis (New York, 2007), Chapter Thirteen, pp. 360-361.
Technology standardizes and unifies languages.
Post-tech diversifies them quickly.
No media or recorded sounds so people soon speak differently!
It would be too easy to write about a post-tech future without considering that consequence.