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. The effect may be twofold—Practical and Ideal.
Practical. The World has a thousand tongues,
Science but one:
They'll climb up a thousand rungs
When Babel's done. Ideal. Mankind has a thousand tongues,
Friendship but one:
Banzai! then from heart and lungs
For the Rising Sun. W.J.C.
Note.—The following pages have had the advantage of being read in MS. by Mr. H. Bolingbroke Mudie, and I am indebted to him for many corrections and suggestions.
AN INTERNATIONAL AUXILIARY LANGUAGE
Note.—To avoid repeating the cumbrous phrase "international auxiliary language," the word auxiliary is usually omitted. It must be clearly understood that when "international" or "universal" language is spoken of, auxiliary is also implied.
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