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> Date:         Mon, 1 Nov 1999 06:45:09 -0500
> From: Jay Bowks <[log in to unmask]>

> Definitely false statement of fact! Esperanto was not the earliest
> wasn't even close... of the constructed languages for international
> use there were many many, incredibly many, years, decades even
> centuries before Esperanto came on the scene. Volapuk was an
> earlier quite successful in it's day auxlang. Why it's validity
> as an auxlang should be questioned? I dunno... but I do know that
> there are newer auxlang projects that have come on the scene
> that showed a strong following, Ido of course, Latino sine Flexione
> Interlingue Occidental and Novial, and Interlingua de IALA, etc.

In fact, wasn't Volap=FCk the first auxlang that actually got a large
enough international following to be noticed? (In Europe, of course,
this was the 1880's). In Danish, volapyk still means unintelligible
language.

Anyway, if any auxlangs go on the shirt at all, I think Volap=FCk and
Esperanto would be good candidates simply because they had/have large
followings, and were the first such of their 'kinds' of auxlang. Add a
nice popular Romance-clone, and perhaps the original Novial (2.ed)
just to have some variation, because it has some Germanic vocabulary
too.

Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <[log in to unmask]> (Humour NOT marke=
d)