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What are some reasons that constructed languages would want to have ambiguity?

If naturalness (being like a natural language) is a design goal, then a conlang can embrace ambiguity with no shame. Efficiency. Most ambiguous sentences are understood well enough in the context they ...
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How could my to be constructed language reflect a culture of carefulness?

My idea on that would be very close to what you suggested yourself: introducing suffixes / prefixes which would indicate the uncertainty of the word. For instance, let's suppose that your word for "...
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How could my to be constructed language reflect a culture of carefulness?

Culture shows up in languages by a few routes: Specialized jargon. They might have a lot of specialized words for "carefulness". Láadan is just a bunch of specialized jargon, imho. Metaphysical ...
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Roadmap for effective construction of a novel language

In addition to The Language Construction Kit that @Edvin mentioned in his answer (and linked to), Mr Rosenfelder also has Advanced Language Construction, The Conlanger’s Lexipedia, and The Syntax ...
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Roadmap for effective construction of a novel language

One good place where many a conlanger has started out is The Language Construction Kit by Mark Rosenfelder. I first encountered it as an impressionable teenager, and I think it's hard to overestimate ...
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List of conlangs whose goal is to minimize ambiguity

Here are the top five best-known (see footnote 1). Lojban at lojban.org is the better-known successor of Loglan. Loglan at loglan.org is based on formal logic and is to some extent not unlike a ...
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How could my to be constructed language reflect a culture of carefulness?

Apart from the already mentioned evidentiality, you could look at modality. This expresses a speaker's attitude using a variety of aspects, such as obligation, possibility, probability, etc. The exact ...
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How could my to be constructed language reflect a culture of carefulness?

Make expressing something uncertain less concise Let's say that, by "default" in the languge, all verbs are completely certain. For example, let's say your word for car is chicho, your word for red ...
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Are there any successful conlangs using information density as a design goal?

There is a general trade-off between two aspects of any encoding or language: redundancy versus information density. If you have an information-dense language, that means there won't be much ...
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Are there any successful conlangs using information density as a design goal?

Answering this question is tricky. As you obtain higher and higher levels of information density, you have to sacrifice some naturalism or some simplicity in order to get there. Marking the point ...
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How could my to be constructed language reflect a culture of carefulness?

What you wrote made me think of a method called nonviolent communication, which argues for expressing yourself very clearly and straightforwardly with regards to your emotions and needs in order to be ...
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Are there any successful conlangs using information density as a design goal?

To use your example from Japanese: ika-se-rare-ta-kuna-katta Yes, all one word. A word of 10 syllables, 6 morphenes. What, precisely, is the advantage over "didn't want to be made to go" (8 ...
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Roadmap for effective construction of a novel language

The Language Construction Kit is where I got my start, but there's also The Art of Language Invention by David J Peterson (the creator of Dothraki, among others). This is intended less as a step-by-...
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What is an example of a constructed language focusing on beauty and conceptual purity?

I'm quite fond of Rikchik. Hangul taken to the nines.
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What is an example of a constructed language focusing on beauty and conceptual purity?

Probably there is no conlang or conscript that implements all the mentioned levels of "purity" or beauty touched in the question. For scripts I'd like to mention Alexander Melville Bell's ...
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