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runbau (in Lojban) or conlang (short form for constructed language) is a human language which is not natural language.


Conlangs are sometimes divided into three groups:

  • artlangs, those devised for artistic purposes -- either per se, or for use in fiction.

Really for artistic purposes? Its purpose seems to have been IAL, the "esthetic" side - the musical version -- was partly practical (tone carries farther than words and is easier to pick out in a noisy environment) and partly either a bad joke or a misunderstanding of the claim that music is the universal language (which is clearly false even when rightly understood).


These categories are of course overlapping.