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TimeSpaceLightForce
Post  Post subject: The Alpha Numeric of Future Generation  |  Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:55 am

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ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234567890

The Alphabet and Numeral symbols commonly used today in most of the media
have evolved since the known history of communication for around 5 millennia.

Will it still be changing say 500 yrs or 5000 yrs from now?
Are there any good reasons like ergonomic, economic, technological and political.?

Should citizens in the year 2525 be looking at a different "R" ?


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iNow
Post  Post subject: Re: The Alpha Numeric of Future Generation  |  Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:42 pm
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Except, your premise doesn't apply in China, or Japan, or Korea. Nor in Russia, or Israel, or even in Greece.

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Post  Post subject: Re: The Alpha Numeric of Future Generation  |  Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:18 pm

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ah yes, unless successful globalization or a world order become a factor. (prime optimism)
Efficiency of a social system can be the caused of standardizations specially in internet/I.T.


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Post  Post subject: Re: The Alpha Numeric of Future Generation  |  Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:58 pm
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TimeSpaceLightForce wrote:
ah yes, unless successful globalization or a world order become a factor


that would make for a future alphabet of chinese characters then

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Post  Post subject: Re: The Alpha Numeric of Future Generation  |  Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:01 pm
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marnixR wrote:
TimeSpaceLightForce wrote:
ah yes, unless successful globalization or a world order become a factor


that would make for a future alphabet of chinese characters then

I suspect that the result of that would be Pinyin.

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iNow
Post  Post subject: Re: The Alpha Numeric of Future Generation  |  Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:46 pm
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Just curious, but you think pinyin will be more common than the characters among those who learn Chinese as a second language?

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Post  Post subject: Re: The Alpha Numeric of Future Generation  |  Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:07 am
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iNow wrote:
Just curious, but you think pinyin will be more common than the characters among those who learn Chinese as a second language?

Our modern Roman-Arabic alphabet has 26 characters, whilst the Chinese pictographic character list is about 50,000 items in size. If I have to learn Chinese, I'm going with the pinyin.

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Post  Post subject: Re: The Alpha Numeric of Future Generation  |  Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:13 pm
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I can appreciate that, but here's the thing. People don't read and write using pinyin. It's only there to assist pinche gringos like you and me learning to hear and speak Mandarin. If you focus on learning pinyin only, you're essentially going to make yourself illiterate in a culture that writes using the actual characters.

If you're doing it just for conference calls where you only need to listen and speak, no worries. If you're learning so you can actually interact with the culture or visit and actually be self-sufficient at restaurants or in train stations and whatnot, you really will need to learn the characters IMO.

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GiantEvil
Post  Post subject: Re: The Alpha Numeric of Future Generation  |  Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:39 pm
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Well, no one wants to be a pinche gringo. Here's hoping it's not the Chinese who assimilate us.

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Post  Post subject: Re: The Alpha Numeric of Future Generation  |  Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:23 pm
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Resistance is futile. :ugeek:

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