Is Lojban an auxlang?
Constructed languages are roughly divided by their structure into:
- artlangs like Quenya and Sindarin
- logical languages like Lojban
and additionally (not included into this list) auxiliary languages (auxlangs) like Basic English or Esperanto.
Auxiliary languages are usually created for extra-linguistic political purposes to be spread as a means for communication between people from different nations, i.e. like natural lingua francas like English, Arabic or Spanish.
Auxlangers are people promoting auxlangs.
Every anti-Esperantist auxlanger is convinced that he (no need to fret about gender-neutral pronouns on
this one) represents a superior product. Perhaps one of them does. Perhaps all of them do. It doesn't matter. At an Esperanto conference, I witnessed a tired-looking man in a gray T-shirt defiantly introduce himself as an Interlingua supporter. “I think it is a better language,” he announced. “It's clearer, more logical, and more beautiful than Esperanto,” and then, without the slightest trace of irony, “but I have no one to speak it with.
— Arika Okrent - In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build A Perfect Language (2009)
As compared to constructed auxlangs from 1997 til 2016 fluent Lojban speakers have not been promoting Lojban as an auxlang.