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Created byOtto Jespersen (1928)
Setting and usageInternational auxiliary language
Language codes
ISO 639-3nov

Novial is a constructed international auxiliary language (IAL) for universal communication between speakers of different native languages. It was created by Otto Jespersen, a Danish linguist. He who had been involved in the Ido movement, and later in the development of Interlingua.

Its vocabulary is based on the Germanic and Romance languages. Its grammar is influenced by English.

History[change | change source]

Jespersen introduced Novial in his book An International Language in 1928. He updated it in his dictionary Novial Lexike in 1930. He proposed several modifications in the 1930s. However, the language became dormant with Jespersen's death in 1943. In the 1990s, with the revival of interest in constructed languages brought on by the Internet, some people rediscovered Novial.

Novialides[change | change source]

Novialide is a term used for languages derivatives of Novial and an artificial language for describing a language project based on or inspired by Novial.

Some Novialides are:

  • Novial by the Novial Revisione Komite (a.k.k. "Grupe Novial", "Novial98")
  • Novial by James Chandler
  • Novial Pro by Marcos Franco
  • Eurial by B. Phillip Jonsson
  • Novial by Jay Bowks
  • Proyo
  • Reformad Novial by Chabi