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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, A Priori Artificial Languages by Alan Libert

Message 1: A Priori Artificial Languages by Alan Libert

Date: 11 Jun 2002 18:49 GMT
Subject: A Priori Artificial Languages by Alan Libert

A Priori Artificial Languages

Alan Libert
University of Newcastle

The best known artificial language is Esperanto. However, hundreds of
other artificial languages have been proposed, although some have not
progressed beyond the stage of sketches and few have seen much actual
use. Those which are not consciously based on natural languages are
called a priori languages. Such languages have been less successful
than artificial languages built with elements of natural languages,
such as Esperanto and Interlingua.

However, a priori languages are of considerable theoretical interest,
in particular from the point of view of language universals: if a
universal property holds even of languages created "from scratch",
then it can indeed be seen as a property of any (usable) human
language. Therefore, in the description of the grammars of several a
priori languages, particular attention will be given to whether their
features are in accord with proposed universals, of both the
Greenbergian and Chomskyan types.

After an introduction one chapter each will be devoted to
phonetics/phonology, writing systems, lexicon, morphology, syntax, and
semantics. The languages described include aUI, Babm, Fitusa,
Loglan/Lojban, and Suma. Most of these languages have received very
little attention, even from scholars studying artificial languages.

ISBN 3 89586 667 9.
Languages of the World 24.
160pp. USD 46.70 / EUR 44 / � 26.50. 2nd printing.

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