Marketing an International Auxiliary Language: Challenges to a New Artificial Language
Published Online: Jan 01, 2017
This paper examines international auxiliary languages from the point of view that they are products competing in the world linguistic market place. Several factors have contributed to the proliferation of artificial or constructed languages in recent decades. The globalization of social, economic, and intellectual information through the World Wide Web (internet) has made access to the tremendous theoretical and practical progress and educational advances in the field of linguistics, language learning, and language planning. In a world where designer and hobby languages abound, how can an international auxiliary language attract a clientele and achieve the goal of facilitating international communication? The “experiences” of Volapük, Esperanto, Loglan/Lojban, and Klingon are examined as case studies.