Andy Murray GBR (4) vs. Kei NishikoriJPN (24) - Ah, this is hard. I’ll give it to Murray in five, but I really, really wouldn’t be surprised if Nishikori steals it from Murray - Andy’s mental toughness isn’t promising.
Tomas Berdych CZE (7) vs. Rafael Nadal ESP (2) - Berdych basically proved himself the most immature and hated player in the tournament during his match against Nicolas Almagro. If you haven’t seen it, click here. But yeah, I hope Rafa puts him in his place. Nadal wins in straight sets.
At an age where technology makes the seemingly impossible become possible, it is inevitable for technology to affect language diffusion. It affects our lives every day – when we talk on the phone, the rapid spread of the use of Internet, television – every single type of communications technology allows for a speedier acquisition of language.
Previous methods of language diffusion required actual travel, and sometimes the movement of whole societies. Now, our world has grown smaller – in the sense that distances can be covered quicker, people can communicate much faster. Language comes through communication, thus the spread and understanding of language has increased exponentially over the past years.
All of this seems so fast because of space-time compression: The feeling that time is accelerated because communication and language across the world is so accessible.
One scenario demonstrating this term starts with a boy in France. He was born in the 1950’s and grew up in an age where technology was starting to blossom, although still young. He would write letters to his cousins who recently moved to America, taking weeks for a response. But as the boy grew up, he realized with newer technology, he realized his reach to other people in the world grew longer. It was much easier to reach people in different countries.
With a huge surge in communications, what also increases is our ability to travel, and emigrate/immigrate to other countries. This is where the most true, substantial source of language diffusion lies – in actual relocation and spreading of the language.
Take the recent Hispanic immigration to the United States: Ever since the 80’s and into the 21st century, Spanish has been gaining importance in the U.S. – you can even find subtext on food items at stores in Spanish. With growing populations, comes the growing influence of that group’s language.
As for the future of America, I see English remaining dominant for the next few decades. Although I’ve learned that by 2050, Caucasians will become a minority, I still believe that English will not be replaced as the leading language. However, I could see a big increase in the use of Spanish, as Hispanics are set to become the most populous ethnic race in the United States.
19 year old Bernard Tomic took down Alexandr Dolgopolov in 5 sets. Now he’s faced with a huge, huge obstacle… He plays Roger Federer in the 4th round of the Men’s Singles draw.
I’m always a sucker for rooting for the underdog, and Tomic definitely fits the bill - He’s ranked 38, only 19 years old, and he’s got the crowd’s support at home in Melbourne. This is the match to watch!!
Who I think will win: Novak Djokovic - Look at his 2011 stats. He dominated on all surface types - Besting Rafa on clay, racking up a bunch of hard court wins including the USO and winning Wimbledon. He’s unstoppable…
Who I want to win: Roger Federer - Roger showed so much promise in the last few months of 2011 - especially in London. After winning the Barclays tournament, Federer basically proved he has a lot of fight back in him. He’s always #1 in my book.
Dark Horse of the draw: Jo Wilfried Tsonga - Out of most of the top 10, I feel like Jo has a lot of potential to pull through on this. Rafa, Murray, sure, they have a chance. But when Jo gets his mind set on something, he gets it. I trust that he’ll make it to the round of 16, at least.
Who I think will win: Petra Kvitova - A little iffy on this… But she’s the Wimbledon champ, she’s had amazing seasons - woman’s player of the year in my opinion. She’ll at least make it to the quarters.
Who I want to win: Maria Sharapova- How could you not root for Masha. She’s just incredible.
Dark Horse of the draw: Caroline Wozniacki - Although she’s ranked #1 in WTA, she hasn’t proved herself worthy of winning a slam. We’ll see in the next few weeks.