languages for several purposes
Welcome to Creative Linguistics, a web
page about constructed and controlled languages where I gather projects and
ideas I've worked on in this field. To start with, a few words about what these
languages are may be useful to put the casual visitor into context:
Controlled languages are human languages where
some restrictions have been applied in order to meet the requirements of a
machine translation system (and hence deliver a high quality output), or in
order to ensure a correct comprehension and interpretation from (usually
On the other hand, constructed international
auxiliary languages (like Esperanto, Ido, Novial, Interlingua, Occidental...)
are usually meant for serving as a neutral and easy-to-learn second language
for everybody. Unfortunately, none of these languages have reached such a
status so far, but I find them interesting because they are a mixture of
science and art that involves linguistic knowledge, intuition, creativity and
: This is probably my most serious project so far. The Universal
Translation Language (UTL) is an artificial controlled language which, departing from Esperanto, is
envisaged as a tool to write accurately in languages you don't speak (through
machine translation). By using UTL, translating any document into multiple
languages should be faster and cheaper than with any currently available method
ESPAÑOL FACIL : Mainly intended for
Spanish speakers addressing a foreign audience. It is a controlled language
quite easy to understand for any person with no more than a basic knowledge of
Spanish. Its careful selection of Spanish words makes it similar to eurocentric
auxiliary languages like Interlingua. However, Español Fácil has no artificial
elements. The page itself is written in Español Fácil.
: A few years ago there was a sprout of interest among several people on
reviving Novial, the language Otto Jespersen devised in 1928-30, though some
modifications were proposed to the original language. In Novial Pro I reflected
some of my views on how to achieve the maximum naturalism within the frame of a
strictly schematical grammar.
: A page about a language which has certain similarities with Jespersen's
Novial. Its name is Intal (after INTernational Auxiliary Language), and it was
developed by Erich Weferling in the 1950's.
© 1998-2003. Contents and embedded music "Scherzo
para piano" by Marcos Franco Sabarís.
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