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  1. I think that these ten people will be grouped into several groups, perhaps even regardless of the language – according to the principle of interest, sympathy, benefit, etc.And already within the groups they will try to find a common language, that is, the process will go simultaneously in different directions. As a result, only when the initial socialization takes place within small groups will there be interaction between groups. After all, maybe they won't all speak the same language. And they will learn the language of the representatives (representative) of their group and that's it. There's too little raw data here. In one room they were locked up, approx. But somehow they need to live on, not for a day, not for two. If we assume that this is a ship or a prison, then this is temporary – and there is no special need for everyone to find a common language, plus there should be a leader (captain or plowman)). And then they took abstract people… it is therefore difficult to predict the development of events. But only through socialization processes will language processes be realized.

  2. It seems that I was placed in exactly such a place in the integration course, where we all learn German. So from personal experience, I can say that there are two options: English, which may not be native to anyone, but can become a basis for communication, and sign language (oh yes, believe me, do not underestimate it). If we talk about closed space and in terms of information, and exclude Google Translate, then for particularly difficult cases there is drawing. Recently, I used a drawing to explain to a girl from Myanmar who a flea is. Pretty quickly figured out 🙂

  3. If they stay in the same meta for a long time ( sooooo long), then they can develop their own language, or rather, pidgin. Pidgin presents itself as a vicious child of, most often, two languages that are simplified to obscenity. There is no grammar, the vocabulary of the language is very poor and, most often, combines either words from interacting languages, or Frankenstein's monsters – words that appeared as a result of joining morphemes of different languages to each other.

    For example, when Russia traded with Norway in the 17th century ,no one, of course, used English. Here they had their own pidgin based on Russian and Norwegian.�

    And if they also give birth to children in this closed space, then it will already be a Creole. For example, a language whose name all my classmates giggled at in the green first year, Tok-pisin. Originally a Pidgin for trade, it is now quite an official language in Papua New Guinea.

  4. If you consider that all 10 are monolingual, and not from the same language family, then it will be difficult to agree.

    It will take a long time to reach a common language, and gestures will dominate.

    Then a wild pidgin will be born, which will be based on common, even remotely �words in languages, but it will be extremely primitive. One way or another,everyone will become polyglot, in one way or another. In a few years, everyone will know a couple of dozen words in all 10 languages. After how long these people will be able to understand each other well is a subjective question. One thing is for sure – in the first generation, a “common” language will not be born, it will take maybe 3, maybe 4 generations. Perhaps there will be no common language, these 10 languages will merge into 3-4, according to the principle of greatest proximity, and the common pidgin will be the one that appeared in the beginning,only in a more advanced version.

  5. This symbiosis will clearly resemble the Romance language family. Most popular languages (English, German, French, Spanish, etc.) come from the Romano-Germanic family (read “Latin”). These languages have a common ancestor, and many words, letters, and sounds are similar. Please, even the alphabet is similar. So this language will definitely resemble Latin. At least lexically.

    What happens if there is not a single native speaker from this family in the room? For example, a Russian, a representative of some African tribe, a Chinese, and a Chukchi will gather in a room (as if in some joke). And here again the Romanesque family, or rather the good old English language, comes into play.

    Have you ever wondered how many people speak English? Approximately 25-30% of the world's population speaks English as their native language. And how many people teach it? Yes, almost every first inhabitant of the Earth knows at least one English word, and every second will be able to make a more or less meaningful sentence.

    So I'm pretty sure that the language will be as close to English as possible, the Latin alphabet will be used, and everyone will love hamburgers and soda.


  6. It all depends on what environment they come from and what social status they have. The higher people's intelligence, the easier it is for them to find a common language, regardless of what language each of them speaks.

  7. Question conditions are not defined. 8)

    The decision depends on the set of languages, gender, age, and character of people.

    Languages belong to the same language group or to different ones (Germanic, Romance, Slavic… about Asian and African generally silent)? Which group is better represented?

  8. And I'll tell you a funny fact that I witnessed myself. If you lock up deaf children in a closed space for a week, then in a day or two they will be able to communicate with each other quite calmly in gestures. And at the same time completely without problems!

  9. Some of them will be explained in surjik, created ad hoc by those of the group members whose languages belong to the same language family or contain a certain number of borrowed words (for example, from Latin and ancient words like brother-brother). Another part of the people in the group will be explained by gestures and drawings, but understand “surzhik”. Interjections, by the way, can also transmit a lot of signals, here there are more similarities in languages, because they have a significant emotional coloring.

  10. They will begin to understand each other at a primitive level quite quickly. The situation is not unique, there are many examples in reality. Some kind of pidgin will be born, such a general simplified language. Someone, roughly speaking, points at the bread and calls it “bread”, the rest catch up with what he means, and repeat: “kleeb”, “ikhlep”, “haleip”… As a result, the concept of “bread” in this community is assigned some kind of transitional form, which is more or less convenient for everyone to pronounce, for example, “helep”. That's it, there is one word in the new language. According to the same scheme, several dozen, or even hundreds of words will be formed to describe the surrounding things, phenomena, basic adjectives (hot, white…) and verbs (eat, carry, sleep…). This will already allow you to maintain basic communication, although it is still far away for poetry and scientific disputes.�

    Syntax, morphology, and pronunciation will be extremely simplified, words will be pulled from different languages, depending on how convenient it will be for everyone to pronounce them, go through a meat grinder and enter the vocabulary of the local common language in a distorted and averaged form.

    And here's what it looks like in reality. Examples of phrases from Russenorsk, a mixed language that Norwegian and Russian have developed for basic contacts.

    Moja på tvoja. — I speak your [language].

    Kak sprek? Moje niet forsto. I don't understand you.

    Å råbbåte — Work.

    Klæba — Bread.

    Drasvi, gammel god venn på moja! Kor ju stannom på gammel ras? “Hello, my good old friend! How were you doing yesterday?”

    Ju spræk på moja kantor kom — You said you would come to my office.

    Moja på ander kantor, nokka vin drikkom, så lite pjan kom — I was in another office, drank some wine, and then got a little drunk.

    Tvoja fisk kopom? — Will you buy some fish?”

    Saika kopom i på Arkangelsk på gaf spaserom — I will buy a sailboat and sail to Arkhangelsk.

    Kak pris? Mangeli kosta? — What's the price?” How much is it?

    En voga mokka, så galanna voga treska — One cart of flour for half a cart of cod.

    Eta grot dyr. Værsegod, på minder prodaj! — It's very expensive. Please sell cheaper!

  11. But I think it will be easier for people to learn the basic actions and things that everyone shows in their own language. This is easier than creating a new language, or having everyone come to the same language. Sign language + a little understanding of each language, that's what I think will happen

  12. I really liked the idea suggested by Maxim in the first paragraph that if there are at least two representatives of the Romance family (or any other language family), then it will be easier for them to agree among themselves, these guys will start to form the core of a new language, and others will have to “catch up”. You may even form several language clusters. Then, following the principle of the nearest neighbor, they will have to team up with each other, learning what is what. Everyone will slightly simplify their own language, and difficult-to-pronounce sounds will be leveled. At first, the language will be extremely utilitarian, with almost no grammar, � – just so that you can coordinate the actions of the group (what to do, where and when).

  13. If we assume their long-term interaction (for example, several years), and take into account that none of the languages learned by one person is repeated in other members of this group, then the language of the most charismatic representative can become a common language for all. The one who will take the lead and initiate communication in their language. Just a guess.

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