Artificial language

An artificial (= constructed = planned) language is a language that has been consciously devised for human communication, instead of being developed naturally.


1   Function

Constructed languages are made for many reasons including: easing human communication, adding realism to constructed worlds, and linguistic experimentation.

Some artificial languages are designed for use in situations in which natural language is unsuitable. For instance, NATO alphabet.

2   Examples

2.2   Ithkuil

  • Extremely precise

  • "With Ithkuil, you always have to be reflecting on yourself. Using Ithkuil, we can see things that exist but don't have names, in the same way that Mendeleev's periodic table showed gaps where we knew elements should be that had yet to be discovered."

  • Increases consciousness as a result?

    Ithkuil's first piece of press was a brief mention in 2004 in a Russian popular-science magazine called Computerra. An article titled "The Speed of Thought" noted remarkable similarities between Ithkuil and an imaginary language cooked up by the science-fiction writer Robert Heinlein for his novella "Gulf," from 1949. Heinlein's story describes a secret society of geniuses called the New Men who train themselves to think more rapidly and precisely using a language called Speedtalk, which is capable of condensing entire sentences into single words. Using their efficient language to communicate, the New Men plot to take over the world from the benighted "homo saps." [1]

2.3   Esperanto

  • Force its speakers to precisely identify what they mean to say, making metaphor obsolete.
  • "finishing what all natural languages were unable to finish"