<quote><p>Dying languages really need to quit pissing in the wind</p></quote>
<quote><p>French may become the world's most-spoken language by 2050 (due to its popularity among the fast-growing population of Africa)</p></quote>
<p>That's an interesting definition of dying you have there...</p></quote>
The more interesting thing is the numbers in that article... One study (assuming no major famine etc in Africa) shows as many as 750m first language speakers of French by 2050. I'm not sure what will happen to the current Mandarin speakers since that currently is at 900m. If you add lvl2 speakers, English and Chinese are still way above it. I'd see the Africans learning one of those two in addition to French to succeed outside of Africa, so I see those numbers increasing as well.
I just don't get the studies numbers at all. (But your point about French or other languages dying anytime soon is very valid. Not going to happen short of a major catastrophe)