ONE LANGUAGE
FOR THE WORLD

and how to achieve it

by Mario Pei

Parents' Magazine Press New York

Introduction

1. THE PROBLEM IN THE PRESENT: THE NEED

1. The jigsaw puzzle of language
2. What you can do with each language
3. What you can't do with each language
4. The immediate need : political and diplomatic
5. The immediate need: military and commercial
6. The immediate need: cultural and scientific
7. What a world language will do for us

2. THE PROBLEM IN THE FUTURE: THE SOLUTION

8. A partial or a complete solution?
9. Two great delusions: logic and ease
10. The problem of the present generation
11. Present and future status of the main contenders
12. Inefficacy of "movements"
13. The only two possible solutions: war or accord
14. The machinery of a peaceful solution
15. Pro and con: the national languages present their candidacy
16. Pro and con: the constructed languages present their candidacy
17. What a world language won't do for us
18. What we must do about a world language