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On 28/03/2011 19:37, Stephen Rice wrote:
> On 3/28/11, Geoffrey King<[log in to unmask]>  wrote:
>
>> I too struggle to understand the fuss about the ĥ [x]. While it is not
>> present in standard versions of English, it is regularly used in
>> Scotland, Wales and Ireland, if only in place names, and most English
>> people manage to handle this. Some version of the sound is found in all
>> the Slav, Germanic, Semitic and Celtic languages; and doubtless in other
>> languages around the world that I don't know about. This seems like a
>> sizeable vote of confidence to me.
>>
> Since the Golden Age of Auxlanging (late 1800s through early 1900s)
> was marked by conflict between French and German camps (the true cause
> of Volapük's demise, IMO), and French lacks this sound, while German
> has it, I suspect this was another contested point, with the French
> calling in anglophones for support.
>
> Steve
>
I'm sure you're right about Volapuk; and I wouldn't mind betting that 
France versus Russia had a lot to do with the creation of Ido.

Geoffrey King