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. Volapük conventions took place in 1884, 1887, and 1889. The aim was to help people from different cultures speak to each other.
Logo of the Volapük movement (2nd phase)
|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.
"Vol" and "pük" come from the English words "world" and "speech". The grammar is based on Indo-European languages.
An example of Volapük is the translation of the Lord's prayer:
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.
- Basic course in Volapük, in English
- Basic grammar of Volapük, in Esperanto
- Volapop: A site about popular culture written in Volapük
- Discussion group on the vocabulary and grammar of Volapük
- A complete Italian grammar of Volapük (1888) by V. Amoretti
- Una grammatica completa di Volapük in lingua italiana (1888) a cura di V. Amoretti
- General Volapük discussion group
- Flenef bevünetik Volapüka / International Friendship of The World Language
- Wikipedia in Volapük