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Andrea Moro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034890

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034890.001.0001

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Better Than Possible: Artificial Languages

Better Than Possible: Artificial Languages

(p.107) 10 Better Than Possible: Artificial Languages
Impossible Languages

Andrea Moro

The MIT Press

The human capacity to construe artificial languages has been manifested in several distinct domains including at least the following goals: to increase communication, to explore real languages, to avoid philosophical and logical ambiguities and to evoke imaginary worlds. This chapter analyses these goals and reveals that the notion of impossible language has been productive even outside linguistic research.

Keywords:   Communication, Literature, Invented languages, Meaning, Redundancy, Simplicity, Ambiguity

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