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Why are sign languages considered to be natural rather than constructed languages?

The history of sign languages is more akin to that of creoles than that of a constructed language which later gained native speakers. Consider the following two examples: The grammar of Esperanto and ...
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Is there a constructed language in existence that has graduated to "natural" status?

For varying definitions of "conlang", yes: The very most obvious example is Esperanto with a well-documented native speaker community. It has received limited official recognition, the most ...
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Can programming languages be categorized as conlangs?

No. "Constructed languages" on this site refers to artificially created languages for intelligent beings, not machine languages. In the absence of another qualifier a "language" is, as I wrote on ...
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Is the alien writing in "Arrival" really a language? Can we form custom sentences?

The short answer: no, the language from Arrival is not a full conlang. The logographs were designed by artists and designers, and, while some components of the logograms were assigned meaning, they ...
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Is there evidence that any natural languages were actually constructed?

Possibility? Of course, there is always a possibility, but rather remote one, if you mean a full featured well-known modern language. The best candidates are "taboo languages", where the lexical ...
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Why are sign languages considered to be natural rather than constructed languages?

The constructed versus natural language distinction is less of a binary opposition, and more of a continuum. There are many spoken languages as well that can partially qualify as 'constructed', ...
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Can Pokemon language encode enough information to be a language?

From what I remember from the cartoon, Pikachu could only say certain permutations of its name, with any combination of vowels elongated. 3 syllables pikat͡ʃu 8 words 2 syllables pika 4 ...
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Is there evidence that any natural languages were actually constructed?

Yes, the Damin language (Wikipedia article), a ceremonial language and only natural click language outside Africa, was probably constructed.
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Is any of the Wakandan writing in Black Panther used for something other than English?

It's important to note that there were two Wakandan scripts used in the set design of Black Panther -- one is the transliteration alphabet seen here, while the other is a se of symbols based on ...
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Can programming languages be categorized as conlangs?

Programming languages are constructed, but they are not languages, in the sense English or Esperanto or Klingon are languages, as curiousdannii shows. We cannot translate things like "I will be late ...
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What is a constructed variety of a natural language called?

That would be an a posteriori conlang, in contrast with an a priori one. Wikipedia. The process of changing a language through time is called diachronic conlanging. An example of a very well-done a ...
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Is there evidence that any natural languages were actually constructed?

You could argue that modern Hebrew is at least partly constructed. Hebrew fell into disuse and only survived as a 'sacred' language in a religious context. Then, with the rise of the Zionist movement ...
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How to classify the language of "Uncleftish Beholding"?

I wouldn’t personally call Anglish (that is, English without non-Germanic (or sometimes even non-Anglosaxon) vocabulary) a conlang. Taken at face value, it replaces English vocabulary 1:1 with coined ...
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Do the ADVENT in XCOM 2 speak a real language?

In this article the dev team of XCOM 2 explain that they didn't have the time or resources to invent a full conlang, but instead made up gibberish that got across the sort of 'feeling' they wanted. In ...
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Is there a constructed language in existence that has graduated to "natural" status?

In addition to the examples given by Darkgamma, Damin, an extinct ritual "register" of Lardil and Yangkaal, which in the traditional mythology of the speakers is considered a conlang, and believed by ...
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Can programming languages be categorized as conlangs?

As a programmer and a conlanger, I'd say "no". As noted above, programming languages cannot convey metaphor, emotions, sensory impressions, and other such human-relevant messages. Abstraction they can ...
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Is there evidence that any natural languages were actually constructed?

People learn languages from other people who speak them. If someone ever got others to adopt his language as their "natural language," they would have had to learn it from him. Without a community of ...
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Is there evidence that any natural languages were actually constructed?

Cryptolects (aka Cants or Secret languages) come to my mind as candidates. While they are typically not fully constructed, they often contain a constructed core vocabulary making the language ...
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How to classify the language of "Uncleftish Beholding"?

I'm going to disagree with Adarain and say that Anglish might be a conlang in instances where it is used to as full an extent as in Uncleftish Beholding, though I think it pretty much straddles the ...
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Which types of conlangs are the most popular to construct?

My experiences are largely the same as those of Adarain, though I have access to a data-set that perhaps better shows the predominance of artlangs, as I moderate a moderately sized discord server in ...
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Which types of conlangs are the most popular to construct?

This is a hard to answer question, as there isn’t any statistically useful database. CALS has a bunch of data, but only a small subset of conlangers have ever entered their data there. There, there ...
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What is a constructed variety of a natural language called?

For naturalistic languages placed in an Alternative History setting the term Altlang (short from Alternative Language) is used. An example of such an Altlang is Alternese (an alternative history ...
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Is there evidence that any natural languages were actually constructed?

Depending if you include scripts in the definition of "natural language", Hangul is a famous example of an alphabet that was created in the 15th century and has evolved since then. In addition, the ...
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Is mathematics considered a constructed language?

I think Programming and Mathematics fail to meet the standard because, despite being more precise, they are ultimately nowhere near as expressive as a language like English. Per request I will expand ...
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Is mathematics considered a constructed language?

Jesse Adam's answer already does a good job of establishing that programming languages do not have the same expressive power as human language. The notation used in mathematics certainly also does not ...
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Does a constructed language need an ontology?

Constructing an ontology first is one approach to language construction, and it leads to so-called philosophical languages or a priori conlangs. This approach was especially popular in the 19th ...
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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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How to classify the language of "Uncleftish Beholding"?

This has been called "Anglish", a type of constrained writing. As compounding is a productive force in English (ie, it happens frequently and is not limited to an existing set of words), I wouldn't ...
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Is Basic English a well-defined constructed language?

The website describing Ogden's Basic English is here. Wiktionary has the 850 word list here. I would argue that Basic English is a (rather) well defined invented language. Wikipedia lists it as a ...
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