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2185A posteriori languages  
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  • An a posteriori language (from Latin a posteriori - from the latter), according to Louis Couturat, is any constructed language whose elements are borrowed or based on existing languages, as opposed to the a priori languages. The a posteriori languages can be divided into three categories: (a) Simplified ethnic languages, like Basic English or Latino sine flexione (b) Naturalistic languages, i.e. closest to the real ethnic languages (most often Latin or Romance languages), like the Occidental language or Interlingua (c) Autonomous (schematic) languages, in which grammar is a priori but vocabulary is a posteriori, like Esperanto or, to some extent, Volapük. In distinguishing whether the language is a priori or a posteriori the prevalence and distribution of respectable traits is often the key.
SOURCE
  • Couturat & Leau 1907
CONTRIBUTOR
  • Katsiadakis Helen (AA)
CREATOR
  • Karasimos Athanasios (AA)
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https://humanitiesthesaurus.academyofathens.gr/dyas-resource/Concept/2185
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