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Weltsprache und Wissenschaft

Nature volume 92, page 398 (04 December 1913) | Download Citation



THE displacement of Latin by the national lan-guages in scientific publications since medieval times is one of the few phenomena at variance with the general tendency to internationalise the means of intellectual communication, such as we find it in musical and algebraic notation, the Morse alphabet, the metric system, and the flag-signal-ling code. The reaction against this separatist tendency in language is found in the three main attempts to devise an international auxiliary lan-guage, viz. Schleyer's “Volapiik” (1879), Zamen-hof's “Esperanto” (1887), and the “Ido” of the International Delegation of Academies (1908).

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