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In what ways are well-known a priori conlangs inadvertently eurocentric?

While it's true that languages like Na'vi and Klingon (can't speak for Dothraki) do contain quite a few explicitly non-SAE (Standard Average European) features, it's worth noting that both Paul ...
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What are the defining traits of a Euro-centric conlang?

The term "Standard Average European" (SAE) pretty much covers it, and has been around since the 1930s. Haspelmath listed a number of typical "Euroversals" in a portion of the 2001 book Language ...
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What are the defining traits of a Euro-centric conlang?

Expanding on Sparksbet's answer, additional features, from the conlanging point of view as listed by Mark Rosenfelder in Advanced Language Construction (pp. 30-31), that tend to pile up on top of the ...
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How Standard Average European is Esperanto?

Tl;dr: Esperanto possesses about 8/12 SAE features Let's go through these features one by one. This is going to be pretty long, sorry for that. For reference, I'm using the famous Haspelmath paper as ...
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In what ways are well-known a priori conlangs inadvertently eurocentric?

The Na’vi language for the movie Avatar was created from scratch by a linguistics PhD, Paul Frommer. In an interview available on Unidentified Sound Object, he details how the language was devised. ...
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How Standard Average European is Esperanto?

Esperanto shares a number of similarities with Standard Average European and is definitely Eurocentric. One Eurocentricism is definitely non-existent in Esperanto, and two are questionable. ✱ ...
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What are the defining traits of a Euro-centric conlang?

Besides the traits of Standard Average European given in Sparksbet's answer, another defining feature is the phonology and basis of the lexicon. Eurocentric conlangs draw their phonology and their ...
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In what ways are well-known a priori conlangs inadvertently eurocentric?

I had a look through the conlangs in Wikipedia and listed which ones I could see morphologically marked TAME categories. There are sure to be some mistakes in here. Tense: Atlantean, Dothraki, ...
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