thank u. I will learn more and we could talk about, or even in it
aahh, I didn't mention that I wrote e-mail to current Cifal (Ralph Midgely, I suppose) and he didn't write back. I was thinking about a traditional letter, but I didn't send it
Yeah, seems that most of the "Volapük activists" have given up.
It has an nice sound, and I love the agglutination.
Here, I'll start some lessons here:
Table of Contents:
III Nouns/Articles - Nominative/Accusative/Gentative/Datative
IV Imperfect Tense
V Perfect Tense
VI Pluperfect Tense
VII Future Tense
VIII Future Perfect Tense I Pronunciation
IPA will be in green
, X-SAMPA in blue
, but only when they differ.
Then there are the three umlauted vowels. Similar to the German umlauts.
Ä: / ɛ E
Ö: / ø 2
If you cant type umlauts, just leave them out. There is nothing like the <ae oe ue> of German used.
There are also handwritten shortcuts to the umlauts. I personally use them all the time. You can see them here
(I can't post the image because it's too big.)
All of the consonants are the same as their IPA values except the following:
C: / [color=008000]tʃ[/color] [color=0040FF]tS[/color]/
J: / [color=008000]ʃ[/color] [color=0040FF]S[/color]/
Some amount of voicing is allowed for all of the consonants, especially <C, J>.
Practice the numbers 1-10.
10. degII History
In 1879 Johann Martin Schleyer published a sketch of the language in a Catholic Magazine (I can't remember its name) of which he was publisher. Soon after he wrote a full length book about Volapük in German. He never wrote any materials in other languages, but others did. Schleyer was a Roman Catholic Priest who believed that God came to him in a dream and asked him to create a world language. (Have you ever noticed that the two largest IALs were made by religious people?).
It was a massive success, but when Esperanto came around people abandoned it. Today there are ~25 people that speak it fluently.
In the 1920s Arie de Jong, the leader of the remaining Volapük speakers, decided to to a remake of the language. He made it more regular, and got rid of some perceived sexism of the language. He also reintroduced the phoneme /r/ to make words look more recognizable. For example, he changed lömib
Because of this, volapük experienced some revival, but was quickly stifled by the Nazis (along with all constructed languages)
The current Cifal (Chief) of the Volapük language, and president of the Kadäm Volapüka (Volapük Academy) is Brian Reynold Bishop. He has organized the Volapük language movement, which started activities in 2007.