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Language: Láadan

  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 01:07 AM

While English is becoming the norm, the number of new (artificial) languages is expanding

Suzette Haden Elgin created Láadan, a language aimed to be used by women. It was based on the concept that Western natural languages may be better suited for expressing the views of men, with women expressing how one feels about what one is saying, without being forced to respond "I know I said that, but I meant this" (Láaden has a word, "bala", that means "I’m angry for a reason but nothing can be done about it"...
  • Aug 04, 2011
  • 11:06 PM

Invented languages

The Economist
Esperanto is fairly harmonious by neoglossal standards, though splenetic rows sputter between “conlangers”, who think made-up tongues are just for fun, and the “auxlangers”, who are serious about substituting for English. Feuds divided and diminished Loglan, Lojban’s forebear, which also aimed to eliminate ambiguity and illogicality. Suzette Elgin, creator of the feminist Laadan, tried to capture women’s experience...