Whither the International Auxiliary Language?
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Chew, P. “Whither the International Auxiliary Language?”. The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 2, no. 2, June 1989, pp. 1-11, doi:10.31581/jbs-2.2.1(1989).


For the first time in history, a world religion has promised that a day will come when there will be a universal auxiliary language taught to children in schools around the world. This article discusses the advantages of such a phenomenon and explores the reasons why this promise of an international auxiliary language is so vital for peace and harmony in the world. The author also considers two likely candidates-Esperanto and English-for the eventual choice as an international auxiliary language and the linguistic as well as non-linguistic problems associated with each particular choice. The Bahá’í principle of justice with regard to the choice of a world auxiliary language is also taken into consideration.

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Copyright © 1989 Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew