Friday, August 23, 2013

What is Universalglot?

Universalglot is a international auxiliary language created by French linguist Jean Pirro in 1868. Other international auxiliary languages are Volapük, created in 1879 by Johann Martin Schleyer, a Roman Catholic priest from Baden, Germany, and Esperanto, created in 1887 by L. L. Zamenhof, a Polish doctor.

While Esperanto has become the most widely used international auxiliary language, and even Volapük, though much declined from its peak of popularity, continues to have annual conventions, Universalglot never developed supporters or speakers and until recently has only been available to the very few who had access to Jean Pirro's book.

Now, however, Jean Pirro's book is available on the internet and therefore Universalglot can be studied by anyone who has an interest.

Here is a sample text in Universalglot, with translations into English and Esperanto.

Universalglot: Men senior, I sende evos un gramatik e un verb-bibel de un nuov glot nomed universal glot. In futur, I scriptrai evos semper in dit glot. I pregate evos responden ad me in dit self glot.

Esperanto: ”Mia sinjoro, mi sendas al vi gramatikon kaj vortaron de nova lingvo nomata universala lingvo. En estonteco mi skribados al vi ĉiam en ĉi tiu lingvo. Mi petas vin respondi al mi en la sama lingvo.”

English: "Sir, I send you a grammar and dictionary of a new language called universal language (universal glot). In the future I will write to you always in this language. I ask you to respond to me in the same language."

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