But I have also been interested in language construction since I was a pre-teen. I do not read fiction (except for some science-fiction, and not a lot of that), so the languages created for such, whether Tolkien's languages or Klingon, have no particular interest to me, and there are really two categories of constructed language that I do find interesting. On the one hand, there are the "international auxiliary" languages (IALs), designed to serve as a way that people with different first languages can more easily communicate, and on the other, there are the languages intended to set up rules for a hypothetical language and build the language to see whether the language might lead to interesting ideas based on the attempts to render ideas into such languages. Many people these days refer to this category as "engineered languages" (or "engelangs" for short) but I prefer to call them experimental languages. Of the first, Esperanto seems to be the most popular, but it still clearly has not gotten the following that an IAL needs to be useful, and I have ever since my youth been involved in the quest to create an IAL (or adopt one created by others) which will do the job well enough that it will be taken up by enough people to be useful. In the second category, I was first exposed to it in 1970 when Loglan was presented in an article I read in Scientific American, and the idea of building a language based on pre-defined rules, to see whether it can be learned and used by people, and how the process of analyzing one's speech and/or writing for the purpose of casting it into an unconventionally-formed language might affect one's thinking, has long appealed to me. Voksigid was in fact only one of my creations in this direction, but it went further than most in that most of them existed on single sheets of paper, written up and filed away.
So I would be happy to see the results of anyone's cultivating an
experimental language I developed, to see how well it works. Of languages I did
not help develop, of course, Lojban, in particular, has seemed to
work halfway. People have succeeded in learning it well enough to
use it, but there are probably only one or two in the world who have developed
any fluency in Lojban.
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