Mead - Chapter 07
In this article, written for the general public, Mead and her close
colleague, the late Rhoda Métraux, argue for the desirability of
finding a living language that could successfully serve as a lingua
franca for all the world's peoples. They explain why artificially
concocted languages (such as Esperanto) have always failed, despite
decades of devoted effort to make them succeed — principally because
they are languages that are not embedded in a true, living culture.
Hence, Mead believes that if the goal of a global lingua franca is ever
to be realized, it would be necessary to find a non-artificial,
"natural" language to use for this purpose — a language that ordinary
people speak in the home, and that is stably embedded in a larger
surround of cultural understandings.