Lingua Franca Nova


  • Language: Lingua Franca Nova
  • Created: 1965
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  • Language family: international auxiliary language
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A constructed language by Dr. C. George Boeree.

Lingua Franca Nova is phonetically spelled, has a simple and regular grammar based on study of creole languages, and yet manages to retain a degree of "naturalness" to the European ear. It is simpler than Esperanto, more regular than Interlingua, and more recognizable (to the European reader) than Glosa. It is also rather pleasant in sound.

Language sources: LFN draws from Spanish, Italian, Catalan, Portuguese and French. Its grammar is a highly reduced form of these languages, as simplified as a creole, yet quite as flexible and expressive as any of the original languages.

First, phonetic spelling. Second, regular and very simple grammar. Third, essentially the vocabulary of a Romance language. Fourth, naturally accepting of Greek and Latin neologisms. Fifth, an esthetic appeal.

Many people on the internet have expressed interest, including a number of translations and some original material. There is a yahoo group devoted to LFN as well.