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--- On Sat, 6/13/09, Kjell Rehnström <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> steve rice skrev:
> > The new Vp doesn't differ that much from the old, and
> some of the innovations could be incorporated in the
> original without harm. But somehow the new version has lost
> the charm of the original, and I should think those wishing
> to memorialize Vp would prefer the original.
> >   
> I'm working through the de Jong's  Volapük version in
> the course in ten lessons. I have glanced a little at the
> original volapük, but have very nebulous impressions about
> it. de Jong's language is fascinating. If it can act as an
> auxlang in our time, is something I doubt, but it is indeed
> fascinating.
> 
I'll concede "fascinating," but for me the r-avoidance, the so-called sexism, the quasi-Hebrew handling of numbers, and so on are part of the charm of the original. But I consider it essentially an artlang, and de Jong's version as well, and the original is simply more "arty."

Steve