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By what criteria can we say that a conlang has a functional speech community?

Here are some ideas, which when taken together would give a good idea whether a language has a strong functional speech community. If a conlang has thousands of fluent first language (L1) speakers, ...
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Are there speech communities for Tolkien's Elvish languages?

It is not possible to speak Tolkien's Elvish Languages. This may confuse some people, considering how much nonsense there is online for "how to speak Tolkien's Elvish" (there's even a wikihow article ...
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Did a majority of followers of Ido indeed switch over to Occidental?

I'm as pro-Occidental as they come (it's the only auxiliary language that I support) but I came across that article in 1928 during my typing up the archives of Cosmoglotta and that article is nothing ...
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By what criteria can we say that a conlang has a functional speech community?

I'd lower the criteria significantly and already admit that a conlang has a speech community when it is used on some occasions for real-time face-to-face communications. By these criteria, even ...
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Is Toki Pona a fast language?

Based off the audio file from this website, and the audio files from this website, we can infer that Toki Pona is a "fast" language. It uses 6 - 8 syllables / second, except with punctuation, where ...
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Did a majority of followers of Ido indeed switch over to Occidental?

r/Ido has twenty times as many subscribers as r/Interlingue. While comparing reddit subscribers may not be the most scientific method, it's probably fair to assume this reflects their popularity in ...
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How many active Klingon speakers are there?

According to Wikipedia, about 20 or 30 fluent speakers Another more interesting article, a bit more scholarly, mentions a wide variety of numbers per study.
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What are some real world data on the numbers of speakers of constructed languages?

There is some basic data at Ethnologue for Esperanto. The Font of All Knowledge lists some statistics for other invented languages (Hungarian & Russian census data). Not much, but a (small) ...
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What are some real world data on the numbers of speakers of constructed languages?

For any particular language maybe 1-2 to dozens. The best way to find out would be to collect as many writing samples as possible that have been posted to the internet. Pick some arbitrary cut off for ...
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