One Language for the World

One Language for the World

Mario Pei FW09151 / FI 9151

Dr. Mario Andrew Pei, linguist, teacher, and author of many books and articles on language, released this 1961 album in order to educate people on language. In addition to about 3,000 "natural" languages spoken today, he notes, there are at least 700 constructed languages created since the 17th century--computer programming and Esperanto are two examples. Languages whose history and sound Pei presents on this album include Greek, Latin, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Finnish, Russell's Suma, Peano's Flexionless Latin, and Interlingua. The liner notes provide Pei's biography, and a transcript of the recording.

Year Released 1961
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1961 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Language Instruction
Country(s) United States
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Instructional; Language learning and language teaching; Spoken word

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101 Introduction Mario Pei 7:56
102 Greek Mario Pei 1:59
103 Latin Mario Pei 2:25
104 Basic English Mario Pei 3:45
105 French Mario Pei 2:45
106 Spanish Mario Pei 2:59
107 Portugese Mario Pei 1:42
201 Italian Mario Pei 1:50
202 German Mario Pei 2:18
203 Russian Mario Pei 3:03
204 Chinese Mario Pei 2:08
205 Finnish Mario Pei 1:47
206 Russell's Suma Mario Pei 1:15
207 a. Peano's Flexionless Latin, b.Interglossa, c.Cheshikhin's Nepo Mario Pei 2:09
208 Interlingua Mario Pei 2:48
209 Esperanto Mario Pei 3:52
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