The tripe piles higher and deeper in the pages of SpecGram, a journal I once respected, as so-called “linguophysicists” barely worthy enough to utter the name of our noble profession spew out wholly inappropriate and wildly unsupported theories of Big Linguistic Crunches, Rips, Freezes, and Bounces. While the immature pretenders to cosmolinguistics paddle around in the shallow end, the true deep thinkers have deeply pondered the deep future. Their deep conclusions are deeply profound.
As the fate of any one language has little bearing on the ultimate fate of the linguoverse, similarly the fate of any one linguoverse has little bearing on the ultimate fate of the infinite linguistic multiverse. The human linguoverse may or may not crunch, rip, freeze, or bounce, given enough time. But that time is not to be given. The rapid rate of progress in computational linguistics, biolinguistics, linguogenetic engineering, and xenolinguistics all presage a linguistic singularity. Increased progress itself increases the rate of further progress, until we reach the point of effectively infinite change in finite time
While the very nature of a linguistic singularity implies that we cannot speak intelligibly about post-
Each of the linguistic multiverses will have its own parallel history. Some close to our own, where a parallel version of English exists, except that it is ergative and there is only one basic color term for blue and green. Other offshoots will largely be unlike anything we have imagined, or even can imagine. Each parallel linguoverse will have its own Universal Grammar. In some, the parameters will support wild diversity of languages, in others, monotonous conformity. Each will experience its own crunch, rip, freeze, or bounce, but not before spawning an infinite multitude of parallel linguoverses, the existence of which dwarf the importance of their parent linguoverses.
In short, what we speak now does not matter, as it will pass away come the singularity. Whether we continue to speak in the future will not matter then, as it is but the tiniest sliver of the linguomultiverse. Be humble, arrogant language-