Interslavic zonal constructed language: an introduction for English-speakers

Lukas Lhotan
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Interslavic zonal constructed language is an auxiliary language, which looks very similar to real spoken Slavic languages in Central and Eastern Europe and continues the tradition of the Old Church Slavonic language.  Interslavic shares grammar and common vocabulary with modern spoken Slavic languages in order to build a universal language tool that Slavic people can understand without any or with very minimal prior learning.  It is an easily-learned language for those who want to use this language actively.  Interslavic enables passive (e.g. receptive) understanding of the real Slavic languages. Non-Slavic people can use Interslavic as the door to the big Slavic world.

Zonal constructed languages are constructed languages made to facilitate communication between speakers of a certain group of closely related languages. They belong to the international auxiliary languages, but unlike languages like Esperanto and Volapük they are not intended to serve for the whole world, but merely for a limited linguistic or geographic area where they take advantage of the fact that the people of this zone understand these languages without having to learn them in a difficult way. Zonal languages include the ancient Sanskirt, Old Church Slavonic, and Lingua Franca. Zonal design can be partially found also in modern languages such as contemporary Hebrew, Indonesian, and Swahili.

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About the author

Vojtech Merunka is born in 1967 in Caslav, Central Bohemia, where he spent his early life and graduated from high school.  Initially a master in computer engineering from the Czech Technical University in Prague, he became a PhD in data processing and mathematical modeling and an associate professor of information management at the Czech University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Management and the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering.  Vojtech is professionally interested in object-based programming languages and object-oriented methods and tools for modeling and simulation and has among other activities long been concerned in conlanging.  He is a chairman of the Slavic Union in the Czech Republic. ( and together with Jan van Steenbergen an editor-in-chief of the first interslavic professional journal (
This book is a result of his practical experience in the international collaborative project Interslavic (

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Lukas Lhotan
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Feb 1, 2018
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