Future fossils: how long do languages last?

All living languages change over time, drifting imperceptibly like the seasons. They keep their inner logic, the rules governing word order, tense, the use of inflection to denote singular and plural. But words come and

On navigating the constellation of words

You are writing a blog post, text for a web page or a feature for a publication. You have prepared with commendable diligence. You have a good understanding of who you are writing for. You