Is Lojban an auxlang?

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Constructed languages are roughly divided by their structure into:

  1. artlangs like Quenya and Sindarin
  2. programming languages like C++ or Javascript
  3. 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.