|Created by||Joseph Schipfer|
|Setting and usage||International auxiliary language|
|Sources||Most of the vocabulary and grammar from French, with some influences from Latin, English and German|
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Communicationssprache, also known as Universal Glot, Weltsprache and Komuniklingvo, is one of the earliest international auxiliary languages.
This project is of historical interest for two reasons - first, it being based on French reflects the common view of the time that French is "a world language to some extent". It is also interesting to note that a mere forty years later, in 1879, Volapük took English for basis. Second, Schipfer's project reflects a new conscience of greater possibilities of the international communication which appeared by the invention of the railway and steam ship. He even recommended that his project be used on these "new means of voyage".
Communicationssprache is based on (or a simplification of) French, making heavy use of its respelled vocabulary, which Schipfer considered to be nearly universal among the educated classes of the world of his time.
Some of its characteristics are:
- No articles.
- Invariable adjectives.
- Comparatives in -ior and -iost.
- Adverbs formed by adding -ly to adjectives.
- Possessive pronouns in -a.
- Infinitives in -er.
- Nouns were declined.
- Capitalization of nouns, as in German.
- No Pera, wia ete Cielu
- ta Noma sanctiferii;
- ta Royoma Ais arrivii;
- ta volonta färerii
- com Cielu änsi Terru.
- Donne Ais noa Päno quotidien;
- pardonne Ais noa offansos,
- com pardonnas Aos offanding;
- non permette que succombias tantationi;
- mä delivre Aos malu.
Numbers from one to ten:
- Joseph Schipfer, Versuch einer Grammatik für eine Allgemeine Communications- oder Weltsprache, Wiesbaden 1839
- The project received the code 417.4"1839” of the Montagu C. Butler Library
- Norbert Michel, "Joseph Schipfer - Träumer oder Humanist", in: Beiträge zur Wallufer Ortsgeschichte, Heft 1, 1993.
- Histoire de la langue universelle - A book by Louis Couturat and Leopold Leau which contains a description of Communicationssprache