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Internally artificial conlangs (Was: Re: T-Shirt)

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Monday, September 25, 2000, 13:54
On Mon, Sep 25, 2000 at 09:06:07AM -0400, Padraic Brown wrote:
> On Sun, 24 Sep 2000, Nik Taylor wrote:
> >But not an artificial auxlang, right? > > Artificial in that Tolkien created created it; or artificial in Middle > Earth? It's artificial in that Tolkien made it, but within the history > of ME, it is a natural formation.
[snip] Hmm, interesting. So, how many of our conlangs are artificial in their *internal* histories? Just curious... My current conlang is internally semi-artificial, in that it was, um, shall we say, adapted from regional dialects and *heavily* modified? In the beginning, the Experts spoke many different local dialects (which are properly distinct languages), but as they developed their philosophy, the languages melded together into a common Expert language which carries heavy influences from their philosophies. It's hard to say whether this is (internally) a natlang or a conlang, because the Experts *did* actively try to incorporate their philosophy into their language, but OTOH the language is based on existing local dialects. For a long time, the Experts were the only ones who spoke this language, but later, they basically became the ones in charge of the education system, and so the language became a lingua franca. T