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From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 25, 2005, 18:57
On Monday, January 24, 2005, at 11:00 , Pascal A. Kramm wrote:

> Ok, here is my newest masterpiece: a common Germanic language combined > from > the most used Germanic languages (English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, > Danish, Dutch).
So basically the same goal as Folkspraak? The Folkspraak Charter had: "Folkspraak is a model language being designed as a common Germanic language (an "Intergerman", if you will)." I think if Danish & Norwegian are counted among the most used languages, then Afrikaans should also be included. Way back in 1996, the Folkspraak Charter listed the following estimated numbers of speakers for spoken Germanic languages: English 325,000,000 German 98,000,000 Dutch 17,500,000 (includes Flemish) Swedish 8,300,000 Danish 5,100,000 Afrikaans 4,500,000 Norwegian 4,300,000 Yiddish 350,000 Frisian 300,000 Icelandic 240,000 Faroese 40,000 I dare say there are more up to date numbers available.
> > > On the web site, you'll find a pronunciation guide, a detailled grammar > description, the obligatory Babel text and the ever-more-popular McGuffey' > s > First Reader :D
I shall look, it will be interesting to see a different take on the same idea. I was a bit disappointed to find that there does not seem to be any Folkspraak version Babel Text - maybe the language never reached a state where it could do so. It was one of those languages being created 'by committee'. A pity - it would have been interesting to compare a Folkspraak Babal Text with the Intergermansk one.
> For your convenience, I'll put the Babel text right here and the McGuffey' > s > text in a new post (so this one doesn't get too long). > > 1 Nu ganz werld hafte en sproch med sam words.
But one difference I can spot immediately: sproch ~ spraak :) One thing surprised me when I read the McGuffey sentences. Intergermansk does not appear to have any articles, yet all the most commonly spoken Germanic languages have both definite and indefinite articles. Just curious. Ray ======================================================= ======================================================= "If /ni/ can change into /A/, then practically anything can change into anything" Yuen Ren Chao, 'Language and Symbolic Systems"