MatthewMartin
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Consider an isolated, close-knit community; which characteristics is their language likely to have?
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Derek Bickerton and John McWhorter both have studied pidgins and creoles. A general observation is that communities that have to deal with other communities who don't speak their language, but still ...

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Teaching children constructed languages
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One guy taught his daughter Volapuk. There is a contemporary case of someone teaching their kids their personal conlang, she used to be active on one of Facebook's conlang groups. The revived ...

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How can I become a professional conlang designer?
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The list of ways to make money with a conlang is short, so step one is to be creative. Write Genre Fiction Books. Authors do make a living writing and selling books, sometimes with an artificial ...

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How could my to be constructed language reflect a culture of carefulness?
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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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Which features make a language easier to learn?
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Children learning an L1 have most of the same challenges as people in general learning an L2. Children learning a conlang, will have all of the problems of children learning a non-community language ...

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How common is it for the creator of a conlang to be fluent in that conlang?
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Ignoring that fluency means a wide range of things (reading, writing, conversing, conversing at a college educated level, etc)-- This is really rare. Outside of Esperanto, which as L1 speakers, the ...

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What is the word “li” in Toki pona, grammatically?
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Mapping word class jargon from one language to another is a dicy project. Lojbanists decided that they needed to invent entirely new words for word class jargon. That said... All the toki pona ...

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In what ways are grammatical genders useful?
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The generic term for genders is "word classes". In some languages male/female isn't the main way to divide up the world. Word classes are useful for co-ordination. If a language lacks gender, (or ...

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Do toki pona speakers, in practice, permit compounding more than three words?
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Yes, but when this happens, you have to consider two possibilities: This is really a content word followed by many, many modifiers A particle has been omitted. For the toki pona parse I wrote, I ...

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What features make a language easier to learn for people learning it as a second language?
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I agree with everything Oliver Mason said. EDIT: After some more thought...for easiness that is only easy when in the presence of a first language, the question has the answer, which is: languages ...

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Why do I have such a problem with my conlangs being ugly?
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I have a less sophisticated explanation. Tastes change with exposure, so any new language sounds less pretty. Also, what sounds right or pretty, after you've gotten used to a language, are words that ...

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Are Esperanto's part of speech endings actually beneficial?
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POS markers are markers, same as syntactic position, both derived morphology and otherwise. In a noisy environment it may be helpful to mark things more than once, so if someone couldn't figure out ...

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Should I use “double o” in Toki Pona?
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The advantage of just leaving two o's is that you have one fewer rule to make people learn. Merging o's might sound better especially if o o is something that sounds wrong in your mother tongue. ...

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Can programming languages be categorized as conlangs?
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In the novel "Autonomy", when robots speak to each other, they author expressed it in a source code-like English, with a few things you'd see in coded implementations, like mentions of files, message ...

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What are some real world data on the numbers of speakers of constructed languages?
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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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