Themes Behind the Inception of Glosa
- Started in 1972 as a global language for science. - Streamlined and simplified, it is now presented as a language suitable for adoption as the International Auxiliary Language (IAL), alternatively, the World's Common Second Language. - Designed from the start for maximum ease of learning and use, it was put together blending the best features from the various national languages. - As well as being readily usable by people, the language was designed to facilitate the computer handling of information.Design Features
# Vocabulary is taken from the Classical roots (Greek & Latin) currently found in Science and the Euro-languages. [ease of recognition] # Orthography is the unadorned Latin alphabet. [most typewriters/computers] # Pronunciation with the five vowel sounds of Italian; consonants .. general European c = CH, j = Y, y = I, g & s both hard. [standardised] # Sentence structure uses phrases and clauses, as in English in Subject-Verb-Object sequence. [most coomonly found order] # Grammar relies on syntax (word order); there are no inflections. [no grammatical structures to learn] Half of English grammar is like this. # There is one main rule: a word is modified by its precedents. In practice, `adjectives' precede `nouns', and tense particles and `adverbs' precede the `verbs'. N.B. `noun' = word used as a noun. # Words represent concepts and can be used - within reason - as any part of speech. [Chinese is the closest national language to a concept language]Learning Materials
> "Glosa 6000" dictionary 1992 Edition, Stg13 includes postage from UK. > "18 Steps to Fluency in Euro-glosa" graded instruction plus demonstration of linguistic features. Again, Stg13 covers the book and postage. > "Plu Glosa Nota" subscription newspaper: contains articles in English and Glosa. > Penfriend network, exchanging letters and tapes on Glosa.
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