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|Subject:||Future of writing systems|
|Question:||There can be found some graphs and tables estimating the numbers of speakers of the main languages in the following decades. However, I did not manage to find any such estimate for the numbers of users of the main writing systems. Are you aware of any source concerning this? Thank you very much in advance.|
|Reply:||I think to follow up on what Dr Gupta was saying, technology can skew data. For instance, a lot of people online may know a script used in India or Africa (or even a Native American script like Cherokee) but may default to to the English version of the Roman alphabet in a pinch. Even French and Spanish speakers have been known to abandon accent marks. However, if the technology supports the native script, people may go back to using it online - although there may be some interesting variations due to their knowledge of other scripts. Also, some languages like Kurdish or Tatar may be written in multiple scripts, but that is another issue.|
|Reply From:||Elizabeth J Pyatt click here to access email|