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Whether a language should be classified as a natlang/conlang, a particular type of conlang, or even as a language at all.

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Does a constructed language need an ontology?

I am very confident my implied premise is valid. There is no sense in trying to construct a language without a complete list illustrating the semantic relationship of the anticipated words. I have not ...
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Is mathematics considered a constructed language?

Mathematics consists of various names, relationships, etc. that have been consciously constructed and developed over time. On the other hand its a "formal" language whose scope is extremely ...
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Is Basic English a well-defined constructed language?

Wikipedia says that Basic English is an English-based controlled language, an international auxiliary language, and an aid for teaching English as a second language. Basic English is, in essence, a ...
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Is Glosa more than just a relex of English?

Looking for information on the International Auxiliary languages Interglossa and Glosa again, I stumbled over these sample texts in Glosa. I am astonished, how slavishly Glosa copies the English ...
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Is any of the Wakandan writing in Black Panther used for something other than English?

For the film Black Panther production designer Hannah Beachler created a Wakandan writing system partially based on real African writing systems. Well that's what this and other news articles say, but ...
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Is there evidence that any natural languages were actually constructed?

Is there any evidence that a ‘natural’ language that exists today was created by somebody a thousand (or two) years ago. And that it evolved till today?
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Can Pokemon language encode enough information to be a language?

I know that like Star Wars' droid, Pikachu's language is just nonsense with emotionally appropriate intonation, that said... Can suprasegmental features (accent, tone, etc) encode a single three ...
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How to classify the language of "Uncleftish Beholding"?

The essay Uncleftish Beholding by Poul Andersen is written in a special kind of English without borrowings from Latin, French, and Greek. The gaps in the lexicon are filled with German style compounds ...
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Do the ADVENT in XCOM 2 speak a real language?

In the game XCOM 2 ADVENT soldiers shout observations and commands to each other. Their words are not understandable, but context makes clear to the player what they're thinking. Did the creators of ...
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Which types of conlangs are the most popular to construct? [closed]

For example, can it be shown that there are more auxiliary than artistic conlangs? Note that I'm not talking about use, but about which type is more popular to create. The answer can address any level ...
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What is a constructed variety of a natural language called?

What would a conlang created to be an alternate version of an already existing natural language be classified as? For example, a version of English that could have been spoken in an alternate ...
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Can programming languages be categorized as conlangs?

Would it be correct to say that the majority of computer programming languages (such as functional or procedural) are the form of constructed languages? If so, what makes it a constructed language in ...
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Is there a constructed language in existence that has graduated to "natural" status?

That is, are there any such languages in use today that are in use for day to day activities, or are formally recognized, etc?
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Is the alien writing in "Arrival" really a language? Can we form custom sentences?

Here are few examples of words written in the alien language from "Arrival" (film): Image source: Pinterest. Does this alien writing have some logic in order to construct some custom meaningful ...
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Why are sign languages considered to be natural rather than constructed languages?

Linguists consider sign languages to be natural languages. Surely they had been invented/constructed at some point in time by someone. So why are they not categorized as constructed, but as natural ...
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