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The brainchild of a Czech linguist and a Croatian anthropologist, the language aims to build bridges between Slavic people.17 May 2017
A new linguistic project is living proof that constructed languages are more than just historical relics of the past millennium. Vojtech Merunka, a Czech linguist and professor at the Faculty of Technology in Prague, and Croatian anthropologist Emil Hersak have teamed up to create a pan-Slavic language that would help connect up to a third of Europe’s population, Total Croatia News writes, citing Croatian newspaper Jutarnji Vijesti.
“Neoslavonic (Interslavic) is a ‘zonal constructed language’ intended to facilitate communication among the speakers and writers of the modern day Slavic languages,” reads the project’s website.
The new language also hopes to solve some practical problems, like those caused by English serving as an intermediary for Google’s online translation system, which leads to more translation mistakes than it should.
Merunka also mentioned a subjective factor that motivated him to create the language: he noticed that speakers of different Slavic languages tend to use English when they get together, despite similarities between their mother tongues, and that bothered him, wrote Total Croatia News.
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