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- 2 Dutch
- 3 German
- 4 Turkish
- 5 Volapük
- 6 West Frisian
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
- IPA(key): /ˈvɒləˌpʊk/
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- IPA(key): /volaˈpyk/ (using the original Volapük pronunciation of the word)
- Hyphenation: Vo‧la‧pük
- An artificial language (constructed language) created in 1879 by Johann Martin Schleyer.
- 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.
Dutch Volapük definition
- Volapük (definite article is often omitted)
German Volapük definition
Volapük n (genitive Volapük or Volapüks)
- 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).
Turkish Volapük definition
- Hyphenation: Vo‧la‧pük
Volapük Volapük definition
- Vp (abbreviation)
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.
- Volapük (rarely lowercase, compare the generic term volapük versus the specific language called Volapük)
Volapük definitionvolapük (language)
- Volapükatidan ( < Volapükatidel)
- → Danish: volapyk
- → Dutch: Volapük
- → English: Volapük
- → German: Volapük
- → Turkish: Volapük
- → West Frisian: Volapük
West Frisian Volapük definition
- Volapuk (superseded)
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).