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|Subject:||Are artificial languages considered real languages?|
|Question:||Can artificial languages (from Esperanto, to Loglan, to Klingon) be considered real languages in the field of linguistics? What are the characteristics that would make them ''real'' or ''fake'' languages based on how linguists define language? I have read some of the previous questions and answers about artificial languages but I have not really found anything that specifically answers this question. One characteristic mentioned in the case of Esperanto was the fact that some Esperanto speakers are native speakers. Some linguists seemed to agree that having native speakers made Esperanto a natural language while others did not think so. I would greatly appreciate any input. Thank you very much.|