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A few conlangs have language regulators or academies. Have any of these ever been faced with naturally occurring linguistic change and changed the official version of the language to match?

Please consider only grammatical, morphological, or syntactic changes, and not simply the inclusion of new words, as I expect that to be very common.

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    Wouldn't pretty much any spelling reform fall into that category? The issue with figuring out an answer though, is that "language regulators" are rather rarely concerned with issues of grammar, and even less so of syntax (The French Académie's dictionary was originally planned to be accompanied by a grammar, which never got anywhere) – Circeus Feb 7 '18 at 4:14
  • @Circeus To be honest spelling issues hadn't even occurred to me. If there was a natural phonological shift and the regulators were pressured into adopting it that would count I think. – curiousdannii Feb 7 '18 at 4:35
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It would seem that Esperanto is one such that not only has done so, but actually has an Academy to guide and legitimize the process.

This article makes note of several, such as new ungendered pronouns (sli < si au li; ri = they s.) and the degendering of formerly masculine nouns (dentisto =/= male dentist).

I'm sure that these proposals are coming from the community of speakers themselves and are being agreed to by consensus before any kind of official blessing.

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  • One of the answers there says "As others have mentioned, the Academy of Esperanto is supposed to document changes in language usage, rather than initiate them." If that's true I'm not sure it really counts as the type of academy I'm asking about. But, then two sentences later is "In the rare cases where the Academy has tried to dictate how people should speak, the language community tends to ignore the Academy." so I guess it should count. – curiousdannii Feb 8 '18 at 1:32
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    Either way, fair enough! But then again, I guess the French are pretty good at ignoring their Academie as well! – elemtilas Feb 8 '18 at 3:21

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