Volapük (pronounced IPA: [ˈvɒləˌpʊk] in English, IPA: [volaˈpyk] in Volapük) is a constructed language created in 1880 by Johann Martin Schleyer. Schleyer was a Catholic priest from Germany. He felt that God had told him in a dream to make an international language. The name "Volapük" comes from the words "vol" (world) and "pük" (language). Volapük conventions took place in 1884, 1887, and 1889. The aim was to help people from different cultures speak to each other.
|Created by||Johann Martin Schleyer|
|Setting and usage||International: mostly in Europe|
|Sources||vocabulary from English, German, and French|
|Regulated by||Kadäm Volapüka|
Volapük became less popular after 1887 when Esperanto was published. Part of the reason was that Esperanto is easier to learn with a simpler grammar. There are believed to only be 20-30 Volapük speakers in the world today.
Volapük was created by Johann Martin Schleyer. He first wrote about his idea in 1887. He published a book about Volapük in 1880. The book was translated into ten languages. Soon, people started creating Volapük clubs in Europe.
The language started to become popular. People published books and journals in Volapük. However, not everybody liked the language. The American Philosophical Society thought that Volapük was too complex.
Below is the Lord's Prayer written in Volapük.
O Fat obas, kel binol in süls, paisaludomöz nem ola!
Kömomöd monargän ola!
Jenomöz vil olik, äs in sül, i su tal!
Bodi obsik vädeliki govolös obes adelo!
E pardolös obes debis obsik,
äs id obs aipardobs debeles obas.
E no obis nindukolös in tendadi;
sod aidalivolös obis de bas.
- "Pük, Memory: Why I Learned a Universal Language No One Speaks" by Paul LaFarge. The Village Voice, August 2000.
- Garvía, Roberto. "A batalha das línguas artificiais (volapük, o primeiro ator)". Tempo Social (in Portuguese). 24 (2): 59–78. doi:10.1590/S0103-20702012000200004.
- Garvia, Roberto (2015). Esperanto and Its Rivals: The Struggle for an International Language. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. pp. 21–56. ISBN 0812247108.
|Volapük edition of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia|
- Basic course in Volapük, in English Archived 2016-04-23 at the Wayback Machine
- Basic grammar of Volapük, in Esperanto Archived 2006-09-07 at the Wayback Machine
- Volapop: A site about popular culture written in Volapük Archived 2015-09-07 at the Wayback Machine
- Discussion group on the vocabulary and grammar of Volapük
- A complete Italian grammar of Volapük (1888) by V. Amoretti Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine
- Una grammatica completa di Volapük in lingua italiana (1888) a cura di V. Amoretti Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine
- General Volapük discussion group
- Flenef bevünetik Volapüka / International Friendship of The World Language