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

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

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Volap√ľk
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3895868442
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 120
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