Constructed languages are opposed to natural languages, which means they didn't evolve through time but rather were created by a single person or a group for some purpose. (Note: Read Tag Wiki about this Tag usage)

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(in)definite articles

Do any languages distinguish between indefinite and definite articles thus: one beer 1sg-drink `I drank A beer.' beer 1sg-drink `I drank THE/A beer.' That is, is it possible for a language to mark ...
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What sort of morpheme is this suffix meaning ‘about'?

Some background: This is a conlang that I'm developing as part of my job. It's a difficult task, but I want to make it as realistic as possible. I have to make a detailed grammar so that other ...
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How does one gloss a case that has both locative and genitive meaning?

I am designing a language where a single case affix expresses both loc and gen. How should such a case be labelled? An example would be: house-GEN.LOC 'in the house'; he-GEN.LOC house-3POSS 'his ...
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Is linguistics limited to natural languages?

Or would linguistics also include the study of accessory languages like esperanto, artificial languages like Klingon, or even programming languages?
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Resources on 'Siberian language'

Siberian language (Ru) is an artificial language project which used to have its wiki pages. Unfortunately, due to the bizzare political processes in modern Russia, the pages were deleted and the ...
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Why is Ivrit not considered an artificial language?

Why is Ivrit, the modern version of Hebrew, not considered an artificial language like for example Interlingua? From the history it looks like the language was dead except in clerical circles and ...
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Fundamental features for program that helps you build a translator?

I'm an absolute rookie with this stuff, but I'm building a translation program, which will hopefully enable people to create their own translators to share with the world. I'm particularly excited for ...
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Why are artificial languages created always by individuals and not by international institutions?

Do linguists and scientist have some international coordinated program/authority where the goal is to create the artificial language for all peoples on this planet? As far as I know, this was always ...
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Could a constructed non-symbolic language be created?

Would the proper term for it really be "non-symbolic language"? Every language up until now uses symbols at various forms – vowel sounds and consonants are symbols; syllables, which are ...
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What sort of criteria are used to deem a language description complete?

I'm not a field linguist but my hobby overlaps with it, particularly the descriptive part. At the far ends, with remnant langauges (Virginian Algonquin) and well studied mega-lingua francas like ...
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Why are some linguists and other people very much against conlangs?

There are linguists that are very much against conlanging, here are two commonly claimed reasons: It's not science. It wastes manpower, time and energy that should have been used to rescue an ...
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What makes a constructed language likely to gain widespread use?

There are some constructed languages that are extremely precise, yet extremely difficult (Ithkuil), some that are easy to learn, but a bit too flexible (Esperanto), and tons in between. What criteria ...
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What can one gain from learning language constructed for books or films, like Sindarin? [closed]

I know about people who learn, use and even develop the constructed languages created for books or films, such as Sindarin. Most of them are doing it because of a very geek interest in the topic, or ...
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Are there any an university faculty for artificial (constructed) languages? [closed]

Are there currently any faculty on university that is dedicted for artificial languages, or has speciality for such languages? I mean, where you can study them, write Master's thesis for them, ...
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How did Esperanto find “early adopters” for the language?

Even with the volume of constructed languages that exist, I've never seen formal analysis documenting the successive approaches Esperanto took in an effort to really engage and convert "early ...
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is the percentage of people studying constructed languages increasing?

It seems it is very difficult to count the people able to speak to some degree some artificial language (or maybe any language in general), for instance is Esperanto usage surging, stable, declining? ...
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What did people really speak in Europe around the time and place of the setting of the movie 'the quest for fire"?

For the 1981 film, "Quest For Fire", the late linguist, Anthony Burgess, constructed a language called Ulam (or at least that was the tribe's name). Given that I'm helping a friend who's an ...
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Is anyone studying change in constructed language?

Is there any serious work being done on linguistic change in constructed languages (e.g. Esperanto, Interlingua, Lojban)? I would imagine it might be difficult given the small population of native ...
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What are the rationale of people speaking/teaching Esperanto? [closed]

According to Wikipedia, Esperanto's goal was: to create an easy-to-learn and politically neutral language that would foster peace and international understanding between people with different ...