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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Marketing an International Auxiliary Language: Challenges to Unish
Author: Neil H Olsen
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Institution: University of Utah
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: tlhIngan-Hol
Abstract: This paper examines international auxiliary languages from the point of view that they are products competing in the world linguistic market place. Several factors have contributed to the proliferation of artificial or constructed languages in recent decades. The globalization of social, economic, and intellectual information through the World Wide Web (internet) has made access to the tremendous theoretical and practical progress and educational advances in the field of linguistics, language learning, and language planning. In a world where designer and hobby languages abound, how can an international auxiliary language attract a clientele and achieve the goal of facilitating international communication? The “experiences” of Volapük, Esperanto, Loglan/Lojban, and Klingon are examined as case studies.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Journal of Universal Language 4,1 (March): 75-89


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