What is a constructed language?

What is a constructed language? Here are some definitions.

  1. (linguistics) A human language that has been consciously devised by an individual or a small group, as opposed to having naturally evolved as part of a culture like a natural language.
  2. Any language, whether a human language, a programming language or markup language, that is not a natural language.
  3. (linguistics) Any language used by people, as opposed to less civilized means of communication, such as the socialization between animals.
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Esperanto is by far the most widely spoken constructed language in the world.
Lojban, a major constructed language based on predicate logic, had its origin in the project Loglan by James Cooke Brown.
The next constructed language he came to work with, Naffarin, would be his own creation.
Use of a constructed language which is not anyone's native tongue places people more equally.
A tiny group of speakers of this constructed language created a large number of articles.
A national language which spreads beyond its own confines very quickly loses much of its original richness of content and is in no better case than a constructed language.

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