Novial (Nov International Auxiliari Lingue)

Novial is an international auxiliary language created by Otto Jespersen, a linguist from Denmark. Jespersen recogised a need for an international auxiliary language and thought there were many problems with Esperanto. With Novial he tried to cure those problems.

He first published details of Novial in 1928 in his book An International Language. In 1930 he published a Novial dictionary, Novial Lexike, which contained some changes to the language, and further modifcations were proposed during the 1930s. After Jespersen's death in 1943, Novial became dormant, but during the 1990s there was a revival of interest in the language.

Novial was designed to be easy to learn with vocabulary taken mainly from Germanic and Romance languages, and grammar based mainly on English.

Novial alphabet and pronunciation

Novial alphabet and pronunciation

Notes

  • No accents are used in written Novial
  • The vowels are generally pronunced as in Spanish and Italian

Sample text in Novial (The Lord's Prayer)

Nusen Patro kel es in siele,
mey vun nome bli sanktifika,
mey vun regno veni,
mey vun volio eventa sur tere kom in siele.
Dona a nus disidi li omnidiali pane,
e pardona a nus nusen ofensos
kom anke nus pardona a nusen ofensantes,
e non dukte nus en li tento
ma fika nus liberi fro li malum.

Links

Information about Novial
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novial_language
http://viewsoflanguage.host56.com/novial/

A Novial course for beginners>
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Novial

Novial Lexike
http://www.blahedo.org/novial/nl.html

Novial '98
http://www.blahedo.org/novial/novial98.html

Wikipedia in Novial
http://nov.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chefi_pagine

International Auxiliary Languages

Blissymbolics, Esperanto, Folkspraak, Ido, Interglossa, Interlingua, Interlingue/Occidental, Lingua Franca Nova, Lojban, Novial, Slovio, Volapük

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet