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
- 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.
Information about Novial
A Novial course for beginners>
Wikipedia in Novial
International Auxiliary Languages
Lingua Franca Nova,
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet