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Title: Mixed Artificial Languages
Written By: Alan Reed Libert
Series Title: Languages of the World 29

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 Volapuk (by far the best known and most successful language of this type), the Blue Language,
Gilo, pan-kel, and Vela.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Language Family(ies): Artificial Language
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3895868442
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 120
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