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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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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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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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Why learn constructed languages?

Jan's answer covers most of the reasons to learn conlangs. I just want to add more on why people create them, which should illuminate why people learn them. You say you understand that people create ...
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Why learn constructed languages?

An unordered set of potential reasons: Showing off. I know something cool that you don’t. For some, that is the reason to learn Latin but for others that may be the reason to attempt to learn e.g. a ...
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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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Sona: how complete it is and how alive it is?

I think it's pretty much dead. There is~was a Yahoo group. It has 80 members and no recent activity. But Yahoo groups are all screwed up now, so it's difficult to tell. There is a dead Sona forum ...
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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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Why learn constructed languages?

The above answers didn't rely resonate with me. I will try to explain why i started to learn a constructed language called lojban. 1. Better Meaning extraction for human-computer interaction I want ...
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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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