The Need for “Unish”, a Universal Language and the Principles of its Development

Myung-gun Choo 1
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Published Online: Jan 01, 2017


Although a single linguistic medium for international communication is desperately needed, as globalization continues apace, the role of English as an international language has been eroded because of its irregularity of pronunciation and grammar. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to ensure the need for a new universal language, Unish and to illustrate seven principles of its development: commonness, shortness, diversity, distinctiveness. simplicity, cultural association, and compounding. Given this, Unish, made up by adopting the advantages of natural languages, is characterized by little inflections and no gender distinctions. Moreover, this paper discusses how to disseminate Unish in effective ways.



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