This question: If a parent talks to their child exclusively in [constructed language], does this language become a natural language? was closed as off topic. However, I think it is relevant -- it is about definition of constructed language vs. natural language.

Proposal: Constructed languages

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Area 51 doesn't have to same level of visibility as the regular Q&A for me to check if the question was later edited/improved or if I simply read it wrong. No matter; it looks fine, but I am unable to re-open it once the proposal goes into commitment. I wouldn't worry about it. Scoping issues are generally worked out by the people who actually use the site once it launches.


There will be borderline cases, perhaps. One that comes to mind is the Nicaraguan Sign Languages. It is constructed, in the sence that it was completely built ex nihilo, and it is natural, in the sence that it was not consciously designed.


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