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[mass noun] An artificial language devised in 1879 for universal use by a German cleric, Johann M. Schleyer, and based on extremely modified forms of words from English and Romance languages, with complex inflections.
- ‘A description of the language was published in 1880, and hundreds of Volapük societies soon grew up.’
- ‘The words in Volapük are formed from the simplest roots; and may be built into compound forms by prefixes and suffixes which have a constant value.’
- ‘Note also that these all describe the original version of Volapük, and don't include any modifications done later.’
- ‘Schleyer refused to recognise the authority of the Academy and within a few years the Volapük movement had collapsed.’
- ‘Because Volapük was forgotten, it unites us in a way that a real international language never could.’
- ‘To help us understand the mechanisms through which new codes originate, grow and thrive, he examines the history of two natural languages that developed through an open source mechanism: Volapük and Esperanto.’
- ‘Currently Volapük is cultivated for fun by some enthusiasts, mostly esperantists.’
From vol representing English world + -a- (as a connective) + pük representing English speak or speech.
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