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Blend of auxiliary +‎ language.

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auxlang (plural auxlangs)

  1. An auxiliary language.
    • 2000, Suzette Haden Elgin, The Language Imperative[1], page 195:
      A distinction is usually made between auxiliary languages (auxlangs), designed with international communication as a deliberate goal, and “conlangs,” usually constructed for other purposes. (The Elvish languages showcased by Tolkien [] and the Klingon language [] are conlangs rather than auxlangs.)
    • 2005, Santiago Posteguillo, et al., Language @t Work: Language Learning, Discourse And Translation Studies In Internet, page 48,
      Volapük was the first auxlang to develop a community of speakers, after its launch in 1879 by Schleyer (Eco, 1993).
    • 2006, Mikael Parkvall, Limits of Language: Almost Everything You Didn't Know You Didn't Know about Language and Languages[2], page 129:
      Since at least the 17th century (and quite probably before that), various people have created artificially constructed languages (or conlangs), for the most part in order to offer humanity a neutral, easily mastered and logical means of interethnic communication (an auxlang)
    • 2006, William Allison Shimer, The American Scholar[3], volume 75, page 99:
      The second was composed of those who wanted to talk about an international auxiliary language for the real world (the auxlangers). The auxlang group included a few devoted Esperantists and a larger group [] .

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