Towards a Language of Wellness: A Generative Inquiry
Keywords:idealized design, complex adaptive systems, sociolect, thrivability, linguistic leadership
The purpose of this paper is to provide evidence to the effect that one element of a thriving, sustainable society is a language that supports its wellness. It will begin an inquiry into what such a wellness-supporting version of English would be like by identifying some problematic elements of the language as it currently exists and by suggesting possible improvements drawn from other languages and linguistic practices. Finally, it will suggest a strategy for how English might be diversified, contributing to its developmental potential as a complex adaptive system.