Doug Ewell dewell at adelphia.net
Fri Sep 16 08:09:50 CEST 2005

Anyone ever heard of Unilingua?


It's yet another constructed language, but unlike Esperanto and the
like, the vocabulary and grammar are built from scratch on "logical" and
"scientific" principles.  There is no connection to vocabulary from
Romance, Germanic, or other natural languages, except for the puzzlingly
Latinate name "Unilingua" (perhaps "Moradad" would have been more

    Ud ce utcaundrun bi Unilingua.
    This is a sample sentence in Unilingua.

Unilingua was invented by a French author, Noubar Agopoff, in 1965.
Apparently he was just as serious in his effort as Dr. Zamenhof, though
not as successful.  This is not a hobbyist endeavor, like so many of the
"conlangs" found on Langmaker and other Internet sites.

Any reason why this should *not* be a candidate for registration, either
under ISO/DIS 639-3 or, failing that, under RFC 3066 or its proposed
successor?  I doubt it would meet the 50-document requirement for ISO
639-2.  There are already code elements in ISO 639-2 and -3 for several
well-known constructed languages, including Esperanto, Ido, Interlingua,
Interlingue, Lojban, and more.

Doug Ewell
Fullerton, California

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