> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dmitri Ivanov > > > > It causes me to imagine a project to create a global creole > > > by selecting 4 > > > > or 5 monolingual kids who speak the world's top languages. > > > Put them together > > > > and let them play for a couple of years. Bingo, there's > > > your global creole. > > > > No, because little Ivan the Terrible decides to beat up all the > > other kids to force them to speak his language. > > > > Hopefully there will not be a Mussolini, Genghis Khan or another kind > of Tutankhamun among the kids but group psychology is group > psychology. There are always leaders and their ways and language are > likely to > dominate. By the way, the present spreading of English has also to do > with the global leadership to some degree. After the collapse of USSR > there was a fall of popularity of the Russian language, so these > things are related. The idea of sticking people together like this has been suggested before, but as we both mentioned here, group dynamics cannot be ignored. There may not be a bully in the group, but still there's going to be someone with a "take charge" attitude that will lead the others.