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Europanto
Created by Diego Marani
Date founded 1996
Setting and usage European Union administration
Total speakers
Category (purpose) jest
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2 art
ISO 639-3

Europanto is a linguistic jest presented as a "constructed language" with a hodge-podge vocabulary from many European languages. It was created in 1996 by Diego Marani, a journalist, author and translator for the European Council of Ministers in Brussels. Marani created it in response to the perceived dominance of the English language; it is an emulation of the effect that non-native speakers struggling to learn a language typically add words and phrases from their native language to express their meanings clearly.

The main feature of Europanto is that there are no fixed rules — merely a set of suggestions. This means that anybody can start to speak Europanto immediately; on the other hand, it is the speaker's responsibility to draw on an assumed common vocabulary and grammar between himself and the audience and to make himself understood.

Europanto is a parody of international auxiliary languages; it imitates the way that such constructed languages draw their vocabularies from different languages. The name Europanto is a portmanteau combination of European and the Greek stem πάντ- (all); however, it is also an imitation of Esperanto, a widely spoken international auxiliary language.

Marani wrote regular newspaper columns about the language and published a novel using it. As of 2005, he no longer actively promotes it.

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Language code

The ISO 639-3 standard draft used to have the code eur for this constructed language, but it was retired on 16 January 2009, with the reason “Nonexistent”[1]. For this reason, it is also not a valid language subtag for BCP 47 as it was not registered in the IANA Language Subtags Registry (waiting for a decision for the deletion request that was initiated in 2008, but also because ISO 639-3 was still a draft, as well as ISO 5646 which was still not published to allow importing standard ISO 639-3 codes in this registry on 29 july 2009).

Example

Europanto want nicht informe aber amuse. Porqué betanke aan die illuminante forza van eine laugh, sometimes man remarque things dat anders el hadde noticed nicht. Laugh esse directe emanatione des intelligence, Aristotele dixit. In der Europa des future, Europanto coudde mucho helpful esse por manige mensen inderfacts. After Euro bezale, wat more coherente dann Europanto speake?
Diego Marani , DE EUROPANTO BRICOPOLITIK : Europantodag

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Notes and references

  1. ^ http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/chg_detail.asp?id=2008-087

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Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈjʊə(ɹ).əʊˌpæn.təʊ/, SAMPA: /"jU@(r\).@U%p{n.t@U/

Proper noun

Singular
Europanto

Plural
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Europanto

  1. An artificial language originally created by Diego Marani in 1996. Europanto combines vocabulary from a number of European languages.

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