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Title: An Elementary Grammar of Ido
Subtitle: The Auxiliary Language Ido
Written By: L de Beaufront
Series Title: LINCOM Grammatica 01

Ido is the International and Neutral Auxiliary Idiom selected by «The
Delegation for the Adoption of an Auxiliary International Language». The
Delegation was appointed in 1901 and in 1907 it had received the adherence
of 310 Societies of all Countries, and was approved by 1,250 members of
Academies and Universities. It elected an International Committee of
Scholars (savants) and linguists, who, after having examined all ancient
and modern attempts to compile a satisfactory International Language, in
October, 1907, adopted a reform and simplification of Esperanto, submitted
under the pseudonym of « IDO ». Therefore the System is the result of
collective labour, and not the product of an individual inventor.

Ido appeals to the greatest number of peoples by the maximum
internationality of its word roots, and by its extreme simplicity. Ido has
a flowing and harmonious pronunciation, which may be compared to that of
Italian. Ido employs the characters of the International Alphabet
(Anglo-Latin) only. It can therefore be printed, typewritten or telegraphed
throughout the world without undergoing any alterations or modifications.
Ido offends no national prejudice, its roots being essentially
international. Unlike other systems it does not favour the educated
Latinist at the expense of the general mass of people interested. Ido,
better than any other System, can be used by the scientist in his
researches and correspondence, by the merchant, by the collector and the
tourist, each one for his particular needs. Ido can easily be learnt in a
few weeks without a master (adopted from the Introduction); reprint of the
original edition, London, 1918).

Table of Contents

What is Ido?


First Lesson: -o, -i -a, -as; -ul, -in.
The Article

Second Lesson: -e, -st, -ant; -ist, -es, -iz, des-
Personal pronouns, Demonstrative adjectives

Third Lesson: -is, -ir, -int; -al, -em, -oz, -ur, -et.
Possessives, Questions (Interrogation)

Fourth Lesson: -os, -or, -ont; -il, -ler, -uy, -ig, -ebl, -ach.
Indefinite pronouns

Fifth Lesson : -us, -ez; -iv, -ar, -atr, -esk, -an, -end.
Relative Interrogative pronouns

Sixth Lesson : -ab ; -er, -if, -estr, -ad, -ism, -eg.

Seventh Lesson: -at, -it, -ot; -ind, -ey, mi-, bo-, dis-, para-, ex-.
The passive

Eighth Lesson : arki-, mis-, pre-, ri-, par-, retro-, ge-, ne-, sen-.
Abbreviated passive, passive nouns

Ninth Lesson: -aj, -id, -yun, -eri -ed, -ik, -i, -um.
Numbers. Direct object before subject

Tenth Lesson : Derivation and Composition

Conspectus on Summary of the Grammar and Derivation of Ido


Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Artificial Languages
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783895863332
Pages: 32
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