RESPECT

Creolearth coevolves from an attitude of respect for all languages and their associated cultures.  This respect extends to marginalized minority languages, threatened languages, invented languages, and even “dead” languages.  Some early, foundational Creolearth words could come from extinct tongues, via contributions from linguistic scholars.   These could include words from well-known and much-studied ancient languages as well as the obscure, recently deceased languages of small groups scattered around the world.

Creolearth coevolution also respects neologisms.  Global coevolution of a shared language provides exciting and unprecedented opportunities for creation of entirely new words — not only new combinations of existing words, but absolutely novel utterances, perhaps with novel orthographies.    Neologisms provide potential to share a language with unique elements not derived from any existing language.  Creators can imagine themselves in a world without words, starting anew, seeking sounds for the most common things they see: soil, rocks, water, sun and sky.  How could such words go global?  By sharing them using the powerful information and communication technologies (ICT) we now have at our disposal.

Creolearth ideally serves to preserve linguistic diversity by coevolving a language that truly serves the communicative needs of people from all walks of life.   The more accessible, the better.  The easier and faster to learn, the better. The more level the playing field, the better.  This may seem like a contradiction, in that  ICT are very high-tech and seemingly in the hands only of the favored few.  In reality, of course, persons who are not served by electric power lines, conventional wired phones, running water, and enclosed sewage systems nevertheless have cell phones, and the the capabilities of such devices — even basic models — are rapidly improving.  And as projects such as One Laptop Per Child have shown, the potential to empower childrens’ education with low-cost, high-power technology is profound.   Creolearth can be a part of these exciting trends.

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