[FoRK] The American Language in 3000 AD

Damien Morton dmorton at bitfurnace.com
Tue Aug 26 13:57:36 PDT 2008


[NOTE: from what I can tell, this document was written BEFORE the 
release of the film Idiocracy]

1000 AD:      Wé cildra biddaþ þé, éalá láréow, þæt þú taéce ús sprecan 
rihte, forþám ungelaérede wé sindon, and gewæmmodlíce we sprecaþ...
2000 AD:     We children beg you, teacher, that you should teach us to 
speak correctly, because we are ignorant and we speak corruptly...
3000 AD:     *ZA kiad w'-exùn ya tijuh, da ya-gAr'-eduketan zA da 
wa-tAgan lidla, kaz 'ban iagnaran an wa-tAg kurrap...

**z/A/*, pronounced "zaw"
    "Us-all", analogous in form to the second- and third-person **y/A/*,
**kiad*, pronounced "KKHEE-ud"
    "Kid", obviously enough.
**w'-exùn*, pronounced "weSHÖ(NG)"
    Pronominal prefix ("we") and finite verb-stem; a twenty-fifth
    century slang term, origin unclear.
**ya*, pronounced "yuh"
    "You", singular.
**tijuh*, pronounced "TEEZH-ögh"
     From "teacher", now restricted to meaning specifically a
**da*, pronounced "duh"
    "That", as a subordinating conjunction.
**ya-g/A/r'-eduketan*, pronounced "yagaw-RED-üket'n"
    Pronominal prefix, auxiliary prefix (from "gotta") and nonfinite
    verb ("educate" - note the preserved form).
**wa-t/A/gan*, pronounced "wuh-TSAWG'n"
    "Talk"; pronominal prefix and nonfinite verb.
**lidla*, pronounced "LEEDla"
    A back-loan from Central Hindi, where English "legal" developed the
    specialised sense "linguistically well-formed".
**kaz*, pronounced "kkhuzz"
    Conjunction, "because".
**'ban*, pronounced "bnn" (unstressed)
    Irregular particle derived from the verb "be".
**iagnaran*, pronounced "EEugnurr'n"
    Regularly derived from "ignorant".
**an*, (still) pronounced "'n"
    The coordinating conjunction "and".
**wa-t/A/g*, pronounced "wuh-TSAWG"
    As in the previous clause, but this time in the positive-indicative
**kurrap*, pronounced "KKHÜRrrup"
    Regularly derived from "corrupt".

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