Comparison between Novial and Interlingua (and Esperanto)

Tuesday, November 03, 2009


The most recent change to the Novial Wikipedia as of today is this one, the addition of a link to the Interlingua Wikipedia of an article that has been translated nearly word for word from Novial into Interlingua. It also contains a note saying that it might be worth it for the Novialists reading to interest themselves in Interlingua considering the ease of translation between the two (i.e. one could take one's existing knowledge of one to use in learning the other). Probably not all that effective an approach considering how far off the beaten track Novial is compared to some other auxlangs; in order to be a Novial supporter one must either 1) like pretty much all auxlangs already (in which case Interlingua would probably be one), or 2) consider the others to be flawed to the extent that one has no choice but to support Novial, in spite of its much smaller user community.

Nevertheless, it's a good source from which to make a quick comparison. Here it is.

Novial
Interlingua
English
Morfologia, in linguistike, es li studio del elementes de vordes in lingues.
Morphologia linguistic es le studio del elementos de parolas in linguas.
Morphology, in linguistics, is the study of elements of words in languages. (note: Interlingua version actually means linguistic morphology)
Li maxim mikri signfikant elemente de vordes es li morfeme.
Le plus micre elemento significante de parolas es le morphema.
The smallest significant element of words is the morpheme.
Es tri chefi tipes de morfologia trovat in li lingues del monde:
Il ha tres typos principal de morfologia trovate in le linguas del mundo:
There are three types of morphology found in the languages of the world:
Isolant morfologia, in kel generalim vordes kontena nur un morfeme;
Morfologia isolante, in que generalmente parolas comporta solmente un morphema;
Isolating morphology, in which generally words contain only one morpheme;
Aglutinativ morfologia, in kel generalim vordes es simpli series de morfemes;
Morfologia agglutinative, in que generalmente parolas son simple series de morphemas;
Agglutinative morphology, in which generally words are (a) simple series of morphemes;
Flektional morfologia, in kel vordes konsista ek radikes e finales ("flektiones") kel modifika li sense del radike.
Morfologia flexional, in que parolas consiste ex radices e finales ("flexiones") que modifica le senso del radice.
Flexional morphology, in which words consist of radicals and finals (flexions) which modify the sense of the radical.

For a much longer comparison between Novial and Esperanto, see here.

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