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Should Auxlangs have metaphors?

Theoretically you can eliminate metaphor, yes, but you are working against human nature itself. Certain metaphors are exceedingly common and embedded in the very grammar of many languages (although ...
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International Auxiliary Language created by a Japanese person

Assuming that the OP misremembered a few facts, the language may be Babm, invented by the Japanese philosopher Rikichi [Fuishiki] Okamoto (1885–1963) and first published in 1962. It uses the Latin ...
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Which features make a language easier to learn?

Difficult question. I think regularity would speed up learning, as children during language learning overgeneralise (see experiments with English past tense endings). Thus instead of learning the ...
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International Auxiliary Language created by a Japanese person

I have found the language again, it is named Zilengo and it was designed by OKA Asajiro in 1890. Apparently not much information about the language is preserved.
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How do Romance-based naturalistic conlangs deal with the different principal parts of a verb?

I answer first for two of my own invented languages, Kerno and Loucarian. Since the question is now broadened to invented IALs, I choose to add several additional sections: Interlingua, Sabir, ...
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Are there convincing examples that auxiliary constructed languages are in fact easier to learn?

Some auxiliary languages are easier to learn than natural languages. There have been many experiments that show that Esperanto is both easier to learn than other languages, and also makes learning ...
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Are there any small scale auxlangs that are actually used by a substantial amount of people?

The line between "conlang" and "supradialectal standard" can get incredibly fuzzy. You mention Rumantsch Grischun and Modern Hebrew yourself, something along similar lines, but much more successful in ...
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Would a "Common Denominator" phonology be too simple (or even non-existent)?

There are both natlangs and conlangs with extremely simple phonologies. For natural languages, Central Rotokas holds the record for the smallest attested inventory of consonant phonemes (6). For a ...
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Would a "Common Denominator" phonology be too simple (or even non-existent)?

It is indeed possible to create a non-trivial ‘lowest common denominator’ phonology. I know because I made one myself a while ago. For consonants, I took the 10 most common segments from PHOIBLE ...
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Should Auxlangs have metaphors?

Metaphors are based on shared cultural understanding. Here is one often quoted example of a metaphor from Shakespeare's As You Like It: All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely ...
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Are there any small scale auxlangs that are actually used by a substantial amount of people?

I know of one very localized example myself: Rumantsch Grischun is a constructed variety of the Romansh language which tries to unify the dialect continuum. It is the variety of the language used in ...
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Which features make a language easier to learn?

Children learning an L1 have most of the same challenges as people in general learning an L2. Children learning a conlang, will have all of the problems of children learning a non-community language ...
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Famous a priori auxilary languages?

Short answer: I've never seen or read a description of what you're seeking. Long answer: What you're seeking is a most unlikely beast, reason being... Generally speaking, auxiliary languages seek ...
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What features make a language easier to learn for people learning it as a second language?

It depends very much who your target audience is. It is easier to learn languages that are similar to your own; as a German speaker, learning English is not that hard, apart from the grammatical ...
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What features make a language easier to learn for people learning it as a second language?

Measuring Easiness I agree with Oliver that we measure language difficulty based on how hard it is to learn from a given native language. However, I still believe that we can come up with language ...
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What features make a language easier to learn for people learning it as a second language?

I agree with everything Oliver Mason said. EDIT: After some more thought...for easiness that is only easy when in the presence of a first language, the question has the answer, which is: languages ...
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21st century International Auxiliary Languages

The only legitimate examples from the Wikipedia article International auxiliary language are Nerrière's Globish (2004) and Interslavic (2006). Both of these fail OP's criteria, since they are ...
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Is Glosa more than just a relex of English?

While Glosa definitely does seem to take a lot of influence from English, it's grammar isn't quite so indistinguishable from English's as to be an obvious relex. It avoids classic relex mistakes ...
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International Language

You seem to be confusing sounds with their representation in writing; similarly, countries and languages are not equivalent either. There is an inventory of sounds that are used in human languages; ...
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Famous a priori auxilary languages?

There are various "a priori" constructed languages, though they are not as successful as "a posteriori" languages have been. They include: Spokil Ro Kotava Solresol Babm Blisssymbols (...
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Famous a priori auxilary languages?

We will have to go back some centuries in time to find a language like this. Since the success of Esperanto (and, to a lesser degree Interlingua, Glosa, and Toki Pona) it seems to be clear that an ...
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Should Auxlangs have metaphors?

If an auxlang did not have metaphors, it would soon acquire them if the auxlang in question were used as the world's second language. I doubt that there exists any community of sapient life forms that ...
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How do Romance-based naturalistic conlangs deal with the different principal parts of a verb?

While international auxiliary conlangs based on Romance languages, such as the ones you're thinking of, typically get rid of most of the verbal conjugation, there are in fact naturalistic Romance-...
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