What is the optimal design for an artificial language? This book explores this question at both a `macro' and a `micro' level. An introductory essay presents some fundamental considerations in relation to what the design of an artificial language should be like. The essays that follow examine several basic components of grammar in natural and artificial languages, namely passive, relative, and interrogative constructions, reflexive pronouns, and articles. Drawing data from typologically distinct natural languages, these essays provide a description of the forms and functions that these components can have, and then their counterparts in artificial languages are presented. The artificial languages discussed include Arulo, aUI, the Blue Language, Esperanto, Eurolengo, Hom-idyomo, and Interlingua. The book offers some ideas about how these components of grammar can be integrated in the design of an artificial language.
The Authors: Christo Moskovsky completed an undergraduate degree in English language and linguistics at the University of Sofia (Bulgaria) in 1985, and a few years later an M.A. in linguistics at the same university. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Newcastle (Australia) in 1997, where he has been a lecturer in linguistics since 1999. Alan Libert completed his B.A. in Greek and Latin at New York University in 1980, and his Ph.D. in linguistics at McGill University (Canada) in 1993. He has worked at the University of Newcastle (Australia) since 1994.