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Volapük definition

Overview

This page has 6 definitions of Volapük with English translations in 6 languages. Volapük is a proper noun. Also define these 5 related words and terms: artificial language, constructed language, Volapük, linguistics, and volapük.

English Volapük definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Volapük Volapük.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈvɒləˌpʊk/
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  • IPA(key): /volaˈpyk/ (using the original Volapük pronunciation of the word)
  • Hyphenation: Vo‧la‧pük

Proper noun

Volapük

  1. An artificial language (constructed language) created in 1879 by Johann Martin Schleyer.
    • 1897 April 1, A. F. B. Crofton, “The Language of Crime”, in Popular Science Monthly[1], volume 50, ISSN 0161-7370, OCLC 488612811, page 834:
      ...some authors have claimed that the slang of the criminal was a kind of international language for thieves, a Volapük of crime.
    • 2004, Steven Roger Fischer, A history of language, Reaktion Books, →ISBN, page 180:
      The first practical constructed language was the south-west German Pastor Schleyer's Volapük from 1879; its complicated grammar and irregular vocabulary made learning difficult, however. The most successful has been Esperanto, devised by the Warsaw ophthalmologist Ludwig Zamenhof in 1887, that today can count some one million speakers.

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Dutch Volapük definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Volapük Volapük.

Pronunciation

Proper noun

Volapük n

  1. Volapük (definite article is often omitted)

German Volapük definition

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌvoːlaˈpyːk/, /ˌvɔla-/

Proper noun

Volapük n (genitive Volapük or Volapüks)

  1. Volapük

Usage notes

  • The word can be used with or without a definite article: (Das) Volapük ist eine konstruierte Sprache. (“Volapük is a constructed language.”) The form with no article is generally more common, but the article is necessary in the genitive case (die Grammatik des Volapük), and is common with the preposition in (die Pluralbildung im Volapük).

Derived terms

  • Volapüklehrer

Turkish Volapük definition

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: Vo‧la‧pük

Proper noun

Volapük

  1. (linguistics) Volapük
    • Linguistics definition
      The scientific study of language.

Declension


Volapük Volapük definition

Alternative forms

  • Vp (abbreviation)

Etymology

Compound of vola (of the world / world's), genitive singular of vol (world) + pük (language) (morpheme structure: vol (world) + -a (genitive morpheme) + pük (language) = volapük (world language) / Volapük (World Language), i.e., Johann Martin Schleyer's Weltsprache (World Language / Universal Language). Johann Martin Schleyer created the compound noun volapük (vol + -a + pük) by both simplifying and deforming the English words: world (world > wol > vol) and speak / speech (speak / speech > pik > pük), which produced (lowercase generic term) volapük (any "worldspeak" or "world language") versus (uppercase specific term) Volapük, "the" Worldspeak / World Language / Weltsprache.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /vo.laˈpyk/, [vo.laˈpyk]

Proper noun

Volapük

  1. Volapük (rarely lowercase, compare the generic term volapük versus the specific language called Volapük)
    • Volapük definition
      volapük (language)

Declension

Derived terms

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West Frisian Volapük definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

Borrowed from Volapük Volapük.

Proper noun

Volapük

  1. Volapük

Usage notes

Variants may show up in older texts, but current practice in West Frisian is to either borrow the term wholesale (Volapük) or to use a phonological adaptation (unattested Folapúk).