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Universal language
(1,092 words)

[German version]

I. General points

The term UL today conveys two meanings: (1) an artificially created language, intended to serve as a lingua franca for the entire world; efforts of this kind were made especially in the 19th cent. (e.g. Esperanto and Volapük); yet, as might be expected, they fell behind their self-imposed goal. (2) A language actually in world-wide use today is, above all, English. In the wake of the colonial period, it has establ…

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Binder, Vera (Gießen) and Renger, Johannes (Berlin), “Universal language”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12210430>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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