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International Language Past, Present and Future: With Specimens of Esperanto and Grammar by Walter John Clark provides a comprehensive overview of the development, usage, and potential future of international languages, specifically focusing on Esperanto. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in linguistics, global communication, and the concept of a universal language.

Clark’s detailed exploration of international languages begins with a historical analysis, taking readers through the origins of these languages and their impact on cross-cultural communication. The author then delves into the rise of Esperanto, a constructed language aimed at fostering unity among diverse societies. While examining the phonetics, grammar rules, and vocabulary of Esperanto, Clark skillfully presents the language as an efficient, flexible, and accessible tool for international discourse.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is Clark’s effort to present both the achievements and shortcomings of Esperanto. Through a thorough examination of the language's past and present, he highlights the challenges faced by constructed languages in gaining widespread recognition and acceptance. Clark acknowledges the linguistic diversity found across the globe and explores the potential barriers that Esperanto, or any other future international language, may encounter. This balanced approach makes the book an invaluable resource for linguistic scholars and enthusiasts alike.

What sets International Language Past, Present and Future apart from other linguistic publications is its inclusion of various specimens of Esperanto. These examples allow readers to experiment with the language, gain a deeper understanding of its structure, and even begin learning it. Clark’s attention to practical application makes the book not only informative but also highly engaging.

While the book mainly focuses on Esperanto, it also offers readers a glimpse into the broader conversation of international languages. Clark provides a thought-provoking analysis of the importance of effective global communication and the potential benefits that a universal language could offer.

The only minor downside to the book is its publication date, as it was written in the early 20th century. As a result, some of the information may feel outdated, given the advancements in technology and the evolution of global communication since then. However, this does not diminish the book's value as an insightful historical resource and reference for linguistic studies.

In conclusion, International Language Past, Present and Future: With Specimens of Esperanto and Grammar by Walter John Clark is an incredibly informative and thought-provoking book that explores the concept of international languages with a focus on Esperanto. Clark’s meticulous research, inclusion of language specimens, and thoughtful analysis make this book a valuable asset for linguists, historians, and those interested in understanding the possibilities and challenges of global communication. Despite its age, it remains an essential read for anyone intrigued by the potential of a universal language.

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INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE

PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

WITH SPECIMENS OF ESPERANTO AND GRAMMAR

BY W. J. CLARK M.A. OXON., PH.D. LEIPZIG LICENCIÉ ÈS LETTRES, BACHELIER EN DROIT PARIS

LONDON J. M. DENT & COMPANY 1907

PRINTED BY HAZELL, WATSON AND VINEY, LD., LONDON AND AYLESBURY.

PREFACE

An artificial language may be more regular, more perfect, and easier to learn than a natural one. MAX MÜLLER.

The world is spinning fast down the grooves of change. The old disorder changeth. Haply it is yielding place to new. The tongue is a little member. It should no longer be allowed to divide the nations.

Two things stand out in the swift change. Science with all its works is spreading to all lands. The East, led by Japan, is coming into line with the West.

Standardization of life may fittingly be accompanied by standardization of language... Continue reading book >>




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