Folksprak

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Folksprak (also Folksprâk, Folkspraek, Folksprák, Folkspraak, and hyphenated versions such as Folk-Spraak) is an international auxiliary language (IAL) project based on the Germanic languages, currently in development. It is intended to be quickly learnable by all Germanic speakers (a group including over 465 million native speakers, and an additional 300 to 900 million who speak English as a second language). It is not meant to be designed by any one individual, but is a collective work created by all interested parties.

Fůlkspræk

A 'version' of Folkspraak called Fůlkspræk (also called Meta-Folksprak and Boksprak) has been developed by Stephan Schneider (member of the Yahoo folkspraak group). Its phoneme inventory is based on reconstructed Proto-Germanic. Diacritic signs are used in order to represent etymological and grammatical phenomena. For instance, the ring above u in the name „Fůlkspræk“ shows a Proto Germanic u, which turned to o in at least one of the modern Germanic languages, such as English in this case (cf. folk).

Folksprak

Folksprak (N.B. single 'a') is based on Fůlkspræk, and therefore it is based in turn on Proto-Germanic. This means, it is not, unlike Middelsprake, a blend of modern Germanic languages, but an artificial (and hopefully thus logical, and indeed simple) member of the Germanic language family. Folksprak is nonetheless very similar in realisation to the "real" modern Germanic languages, because it features phoneme shifts following those seen in the development of modern Germanic (for instance, the Proto Germanic u in the word "Fůlkspræk" turns to o in Folksprak, as in modern Germanic). Folksprak uses the English alphabet.

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