It is the belief of Kappa Kappa Psi, honorary music fraternity that "Music is a universal language and truly the greatest of the arts."

True, love could be though of as a universal language, but even love must be expressed through some medium, does it not? Even the word "love" doesn't translate into every language. Body language may express some emotions, but not all emotions are easily expressed in that manner. Every emotion can be expressed through music. Happiness, anger, sorrow, and even love all have their place in music.

Take, for example, Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky. This ballet represents a fertility rite, during which a girl is sacrified. Listening to this piece of music invokes emotions deep inside of me. It angers me. If I'm in a bad mood, I can not listen to this song, or I become extremely depressed.

You don't need to understand Russian, to understand what Stravinsky meant to portray in this ballet.
There have been several attempts to create a universal language. An international auxiliarly language would have the benefit of making possible an exchange of ideas without the delay of translation. The desire for simple, easy to learn language for communication with people who share no native tongue was first felt about 300 years ago.

Most attempts to create a universal language involved the creation of a new, artificially constructed language, but some existing languages have also been proposed. The attempts can be divided into three groups: written artificial languages, non-artificial (sometimes 'revival') languages, and visual languages.

Artificial languages
One suggested plan to get a world language adopted would be to have a popular language like English absorb others, as English is already native to hundreds of millions of people. (Some might suggest Chinese or Spanish instead.) French was thought of as a universal language for years, hence the term "lingua franca". These all have difficulties. For example, English has a fairly simple grammar, but horribly irregular pronunciation and spelling. Alternatively, a language could be created ad hoc, as suggested by people as early as Descartes in 1629. No widespread efforts were made to actually implement this idea until 1879, however, when Johann Martin Schleyer created Volapük. The Volapük community grew quickly, but, like many similar experiments to follow, collapsed under too-tight control from above.

The most successful of the artificial languages is Esperanto, created by Louis Zamenhof in 1887. Esperanto spread rapidly, but was given a serious setback during World War II. Some critics complain of too many sibilants, unnecessary syntactic rules, and an overreliance on circumflexed orthography.

Non-artificial languages
Attempts have also been made to simplify existing languages. Of these, Basic English has been most popular. Although this is not considered an artificial language, it still a designed language.

Quite different (though similar in appearance sometimes) to simplified English are the (English) Pidgins. Pidgins are protolanguages that come into existence in multilingual areas. They develop naturally when people with different linguistic backgrounds are in contact and need to communicate about basic, day-to-day things. Pidgins have no or extremely limited syntax, but when passed on as a primary language to a new generation of children, turn into creoles, which are true languages, having been shaped by the principles of Universal Grammar.

Visual languages
Created languages that rely solely on non-arbitrary signs, symbols, pictures or icons. This requirement for a non-arbitrary mapping between ideas and the pictures that represent them excludes all natural languages (such as Chinese and late ancient Egyptian). Attempts to create a useful visual language have generally failed, as one essential feature of any language powerful enough to be infinitely productive (that is, to be able to describe any idea) is that it must have an arbitrary mapping between its semantics and its physical (visual/auditory) representation.

Over the last 3 centuries, there have been numerous attempts to create an artificial, neutral international auxiliary language. the following is my attempt to list them:

in alphabetical order:
Esperanto
Glosa (AKA Interglosa)
Ido
Interlingua
Loglan (AKA lojban)
Neo
Novial
Occidental
Solresol (AKA soreso)
Volapük

"Wen Yu Fre Fal Fynd Iff Heven Waitz."
-- Unamunda Numbers

A one-act play by David Ives, frequently included in his six-play anthology, All in the Timing.

Don runs a school that teaches the universal language ("linkwa looniversahl"), Unamunda. To the audience it seems to be a hilarious pidgin of English catch phrases ("Melgibson da resten in da morgen.") and vaguely European words. To Dawn, the innocent newcomer to the big city, it's a miraculous cure for her social problems and her stutter.

The play has some hilarious moments as the characters get caught up in the silly words and start to fall in love. In the end, Don reveals that Unamunda was a con of his own creation and in at the end Dawn is forced to decide between accepting him for what he is or ruining the scam which has drawn them together.

As strongly as in his other plays, Ives demonstrates his mastery of the English language and appreciation for wit.

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