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Constructed languages:

(Rough estimates for number of speakers) See also:


There are nowadays maybe six or seven “living artificial languages” — from a total of several hundered “dead” ones, with new ones popping every year. The other “living” ones (meaning that a speaker community, however small, do exists), as far as I know, are Interlingua (IALA), Klingon, Loglan, Lojban, Ido, Volapük (sort of), and, of course, Esperanto.
António Martins, 04 June 1999


(conjectural flag)

[Bolak logo]
by António Martins

Leon Bollack published his language project in 1899, and insisted with some more learning and reading material for some two years, with limited success. The name "Bolak" meant "blue [language]", and it used this color as symbol, standing for the sky surrounding the earth. I don’t know of any specific logo.
António Martins, 04 June, 1999

Interlingua / Latino sine flaxione

(conjectural flag)

[LSF flag]
by António Martins, 05 Jun 1999

Originally called Interlingua, this 1903 project by G. Peano is currently known by it’s alternate name, latino sine flaxione, due to another, later and more successful language of the same name. According to Rodríguez, it had a very classical symbol (in tune with the classical, as in latin, origin of the language project): an eagle (roman?) over the Earth globe, here in a conjectural black on white 2:3 logo flag.
António Martins, 05 Jun 1999


(supposed flag)

[flag of Novial]
by António Martins, 04 Jun 1999

Novial, an acronym of Nova International Auxiliari Lingue was created in 1928 by Otto Jespersen, formerly esperantist and idist. Maybe that’s why it’s symbol was a seven pointed star (after Esperanto’s 5 and Ido’s 6...). Rodríguez reports that it was used on a «dark» background. I used dark greenish blue — as good as any other dark.
António Martins, 04 Jun 1999


(supposed flag)

[Occidental flag]
by António Martins, 04 Jun 1999

Occidental was proposed by De Whal in 1922, renamed to Interlingue in 1945 for political correctness, in the early 80’ies all adepts had "upgraded" themselves to the very similar Interlingua. According to Rodríguez, they used as a symbol a “ying-yang” like device, standing for a world inter-relating and united. I’m sending it using conjectural colors and arrangement the design of the European flag, whose philosophy is kin to the “cosmopolitan” ideas of the followers of this project.
António Martins, 05 Jun 1999


(supposed flag)

[Vikto flag]
by António Martins, 04 Jun 1999

Rodríguez refers that this language was created by Bosz Vilmos, a Hungarian, but doesn’t give the date. It’s logo is an orange five petal flower contour with a large white V on it; under it the motto «Vivat vikto!» (meaning more or less «Long live vikto!»), composed with an ornamental face.
António Martins, 04 Jun 1999


I dont really know if it is still active — it is just the most recent of a series of one-man-projects that rise and fall on fame and dont get to have even one real speaker. (If I recall correctly, before Glosa was Unitario, and before it, still in the 80’ies, Uropi.)
António Martins, 04 Jun 1999

Glosa is still in active use. And in fact, was not a «one-man-project», its authors being Ronald Clark and Wendy Ashby. See and symbol at
Nick Hempshall, 25 Mar 2001

Other constructed languages

Other currently active artificial language movements are not many, none of them with symbols (let alone flags) known to me:

is not really a serious project of an international planned language (but then again, neither was Klingon!), rather a joke started by a Italian EU-translator making fun of the Euro-babylon at Brussels HQ, but it did became highly popular (as such). It may evolve as a half planned, serious pidgin, maybe into something more stable — who knows? As far as it goes any current symbol for Europanto would be some humourous version of the E.U. flag.
and its later offspring Lojban were created in University circles not to became "real" languages, but to test the Whorf-Shapir hypothesis. It’s another experiment that turn out just too good as today exists an unexpected large number of speakers (about 5000). I wouldn’t be surprised if some kind of logo or badge is used.
António Martins, 04 Jun 1999

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