August 3rd, 2009

Kastelo Verda


Volapük House

'Twas an incredible story. One night in Germany in March of 1879, Father Johann Martin Schleyer (1831-1912) supposedly received a message from God, instructing him not to despair, and to create a new language that everyone in the world could speak. A year later, he published Volapük or "world-speech." 'Twas the first constructed language to encounter widespread interest and success. In its heyday, this invention claimed some 283 Volapük clubs, 316 textbooks, and 25-35 periodicals. But by the 1890's, the fad had waned due to politics whilst a new constructed language, Esperanto, soon eclipsed Volapük . There had been a Volapük revival after Arie de Jong's revisions of the language in 1921-31 (Volapük II). In any case, Volapük is a work of art that is worth a look even though very few people speak it today. Seeing full text in Volapük reminds one of German, but even more so, of Turkish! ("Menad bal pük bal" means "One humanity, one language.")

Volapük binon jönik!

Volapük is beautiful!