What are examples of African and Asian auxlangs like Interslavic?

  • This answer to another question gives a link to a Central Semitic zonal conlang (as far as I know, never marketed as an auxlang): conlang.stackexchange.com/a/1016/142
    – Sir Cornflakes
    May 15, 2023 at 11:38
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    Arabic comes close for North Africa, and Swahili comes similarly close for the EAC countries. Most lingua francas (which is what auxlangs try to be) are natural languages though. The concept of a constructed language being used as an auxlang is a relatively recent thing. May 15, 2023 at 17:31

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The simple answer is Asian languages don't share a common ancestor like Slavic languages do, and don't have the same degree of mutual intelligibility. Knowing Ukrainian will help you understand Polish; knowing Korean won't help you understand Vietnamese in the same way.

Many African languages do share a common ancestor (they're part of the Bantu family) but they've also diversified much more than the Slavic languages have since that era. I wouldn't be surprised if someone's tried to create a pan-Bantu conlang, but it's also not surprising if they haven't. It's a much harder task than making Interslavic.


There is the case of Union Ibo, a version of Igbo created by missionaries and used in the Igbo Bible translation. It is a rather inconsistent make-up of different Igbo dialects/languages of Nigeria and it is termed an Igbo Esperanto, for a reference see e.g., this paper Ben Filford (2002). An Igbo Esperanto: A history of the Union Ibo Bible 1900-1950.

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