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Questions tagged [constructed-language]

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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Standardized and ambiguity-free language

Is there exist a language (the natural or the constructed one) with a completely standardized and ambiguity-free rules, and which is suitable for the modern use? I am wondering for a language which ...
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What are the “expressive” parts of a language actually called?

Languages provide ways to express: Ordering Temporal (yesterday, today), Spatial (above, below, before, after, inside, outside, ...), Quantitative (larger, smaller,...) Relationships Spatial (...
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Does the Klingon spoken in Star Trek: Discovery present a harsh/ventricular/pressed voice phonation?

The new Klingon dialogue sounds noticeably different, perhaps they could be using a sound filter or simply acting in a lower register; although Klingon character Voq's voice sounds particularly ...
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How do I decline a noun phrase?

First, let me say that I'm bad at grammar. Everything I know about grammar I've learned because I want to make my own languages. Second, I've created an ergative-absolutive language (I'm learning as ...
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How would the ocean affect language?

Although I don't think it's been definitively proven, there is evidence to suggest that language is shaped, at least partially, by the physical landscape the speakers are using it in. 1 2 I'm ...
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How dissimilar must case endings be to each other?

I'm asking this question for a conlang. I know that's normally too subjective for this forum, but honestly, I think this may be an exception. I tend to try to keep things as terse as possible. Often ...
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Comparison between Ido, Esperanto and French

I read somewhere this assertion: Ido is a try to make Esperanto looking more like French. Can someone explain me in which extend Ido could be closer than French than Esperanto, in which fields? (...
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Stringed music as a constructed language

I'm working on a concept for a constructed language for a story I'm writing. The people/culture that it's for have no vocal cords and communicate with a combination of body language, tapping/...
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Is a language possible without verbs or without nouns?

Is a language without nouns possible? And another one without verbs? And other ones without adjectives or adverbs? Is there some real examples? (In preference: non-constructed languages, because ...
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Is there any “fully” agglutinative language (con- or real)?

By "fully" agglutinative I mean a language in which a sentence can be only expressed with a single word and a bunch of affixes. I know that in Klingon some complex concepts may be stated with a single ...
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Is “lolcat speak” a constructed language? [closed]

Although the language itself is whimsical, its use is widespread and evolving. There is a Lolcat translation of the bible, Oxford University Press has even lightheartedly posted a lolcat generator on ...
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Invented Language with Noncontradictory Grammar

A while back I came across some very recently invented language that aim to have a simple, uniform, non-contradictory grammar, but I have completely forgotten the name. It's not Esperanto. I'm sorry I ...
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Louis Couturat on inclusive disjunction in Ido

In Ido, the constructed language he helped to build, Louis Couturat attempted to introduce vel, a conjunction that would express inclusive disjunction—so that, in logical sentences, the conjunction o(...
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Finite set of meaning blocks language

Lets assume that there is a language that has some relatively small set of meaning blocks, within 10-1000, so that any word can be composed from this meaning blocks. Each meaning block should have ...
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What is the most expressive language you can make using 20 words? [closed]

I am looking to create a language that has no more than 20 words. What 20 words can I use that, when combined with each other, can be used to say basic things. Example: a word for small + a word for ...
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Randomly Generated Languages

Disclaimer: yes, it is a bit of a discussion, but a very good one. ;) So, I would like to create a program that can randomly generate languges, for video games, television or just for fun. I'm ...
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Was a study published about some linguists who taught their children only a constructed language?

I heard a myth that group of linguists made an experiment with their own children and taught them only a artificial language (in that myth it was a loglan), but if it was true a scientific paper would ...
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We have constructed languages, but are there constructed accents?

I know people have created languages like Esperanto or Ido to make languages that have desired characteristics. Obviously then people have spent a lot of time creating these languages from the ground ...
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ð and ð̞: is there a dental approximant?

I've been helping someone trying to create a conlang, and they are insistent that they want seven sonorant approximants. After a bit of desperation, I settled on wa, "vfwa" (which I can't give a good ...
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Searching bibliography to develop a pure a priori language

I need some help with bibliography to fill some topics that a need for my project. Im trying to create a pure a priori language where phonetic and syllable are linked to the meaning of the roots of ...
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What human speech sounds could the canine vocal tract produce?

If dogs had brains with the same capacity for language as humans, but retained their canine vocal tracts, what human speech sounds could they produce? And what speech sounds could they produce that ...
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Are there drawbacks for a language where every word starts with a consonant and ends with a vowel?

Would it be harder to pronounce or would it hinder the flow of speech? Would it make it harder to recognize where a word stops and where the next starts?
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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 aren't the number of syllables in constructed languages like Esperanto minimized?

It would seem advantageous for any language to have minimal numbers of syllables in its words, especially for its most common words, where there would be no loss (and instead, probable gain) in ...
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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 already ...
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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 adopters"...
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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 ...