An artificial language
devised in 1868 by Pirro
, a Spaniard, making it the very first intelligent Latin
language. It never established a foothold, whereas the excruciatingly awful Volapük
that came after it became popular. Universalglot was the forerunner of well-designed language
s like Ido
, and Interlingua
The only specimen I have ever seen is the following. That it can be read without further explanation is a clear commendation.
Men senior, I sende evos un gramatik e un varb-bibel de un nuov glot nomed universal glot. In futur I scriptrai evos semper in did glot. I pregate evos responden ad me in dit self glot.
The verb has a past -ed
, a future -rai
, and an infinitive -en
. The auxiliary haben
makes compound tense
The pronouns have two case forms (as I and me in the above), which though not as levelling as most language planners would have, is in fact quite natural; there is barely a language in the world that does not have distinct forms for "I" and "me". (Modern Chinese doesn't, but ancient Chinese did.) But there is no case marking on nouns (an improvement over the later Esperanto).
There is no number inflection on nouns. There is no sex distinction in the third person.
The name is also seen as Universal-Glot.
The use of both did and dit in the above might be a typo in my source, but without any other material I have no way of checking it.