> I'm aware that this is way off topic for this list, but I likeWere the phonetic changes predictable by some mechanism, your idea
> listening in to the learned discussion going on here and I'd like
> to know what you think about this. Shoot it down if it's a bad idea.
> Since reconstruction of past languages started, we have learnt a lot
> about language development over time and about the way words change
> according to sound laws. What if we used this knowledge not to look
> into the past, but to take a look into the future? An educated guess
> what English (or your mother tongue) could sound like 500 years from
> now would be exciting to read. Have there been any serious attempts
> at doing this? Are the uncertainties involved too large, making this
> a useless idea?