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Thu Dec 5 2002

Books: Language Description: Artificial Langs, Libert

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Message 1: Mixed Artificial Languages: Libert

Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2002 11:22:09 +0000
Subject: Mixed Artificial Languages: Libert

Title: Mixed Artificial Languages
Series Title: Languages of the World 29
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Lincom Europa
Author: Alan Libert 

Hardback: ISBN: 3895868442, Pages: 120, Price: USD 46.70 / EUR 44 /
	 GBP 26.50
Artificial languages are often classified on the basis of whether they
are based on natural languages or are attempts to build a language (or
at least the vocabulary of a language) "from scratch". The former type
are called 'a posteriori' languages and the latter 'a priori'
languages. This is not a strict dichotomy, but rather a spectrum, and
there may be no truly a priori languages. However, languages with
substantial a priori and a posteriori components have been labelled
'mixed' languages.

This book is a survey of several such languages. After an
introduction, there are chapters on phonetics, lexicon, morphology,
syntax, and semantics. Given that these languages are partly a priori,
one might wonder to what extent they conform to universals posited for
natural languages, and this is examined with respect to various
properties. The languages discussed include Volap�k (by far the best
known and most successful language of this type), the Blue Language,
Gilo, pan-kel, and Vela.
Lingfield(s): Language Description, 
Subject Language(s): Volap�k (Language Code: CVOL)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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