Psi'a Meese wrote:
I question that the language being shared amongst a multicultural Federation is English at all. In Archer's time, maybe. But by the 23rd or the 24th century it's more likely something of a new language was developed by linguists from the five founding worlds. Perhaps rooted in Latin and other alien languages to become a Federation Standard.
It just looks like English when read from computers or starship hulls. And sounds like English when heard for our purposes of storytelling.
Except that the English language has been mentioned numerous times in Trek. Captain Christopher, Khan, and Zefram Cochrane all explicitly said that Kirk and his crew spoke English. In "The Changeling," Chapel urged the mind-wiped Uhura to speak English rather than Swahili. McCoy referenced speaking "plain, non-Vulcan English" in "The Doomsday Machine." There are numerous references to English being spoken in Enterprise
TNG and DS9 never explicitly mentioned the language they were speaking, but 20th- and 21st-century Americans like the trio in "The Neutral Zone" and the characters in First Contact
never had any trouble with comprehending either spoken language or text used aboard the Enterprise
. In Voyager
, "Message in a Bottle" has the Doctor say "In English!" when he's exasperated at another character's technobabble, and "Drone" has the character "One" refer to an "English adjective" in a sentence Seven speaks to him.