Viridzen wrote:I said earlier that Vandalic, Gothic, Hebrew, Cornish, Prussian, Burgundian, and other once-dead languages now being revived would be "reconlangs", so half natlangs and half conlangs. A conlang itself is entirely invented, not a reconstruction based on any surviving--scanty or not--bits of a language.
No conlang is "entirely invented". They all, of necessity, incorporate features which are derived from existing natlangs. On the basis of lexicon, they are divided into a priori
and a posteriori
conlangs according to whether the lexicon is invented (a priori
) or derived from an existing language or languages (a posteriori
). You could, if you wanted, make the same distinction on the basis of morphosyntax or phonology as well.
All standard languages are, to some extent, conlangs. The language Luther translated the Bible into was not spoken by anyone, though written forms very close to it were in use in Saxony. But it gradually acquired speakers and now we have millions of people whose native language is Standard German (or a variety very close to it). Hebrew has reached this stage as well; Cornish is not quite there yet.
According to a website about conlangs you are wrong:
A conlang is thus a language for human (or other sapient) beings that was designed by a single individual or a work group, rather than being the product of centuries of cultural evolution as "natural" languages (natlangs) are.
If we would revive Gothic, it wouldn't be designed by me or by the others which want to revive it by me, as all the material is based on what Wulfila has passed down to us, and unless he and the Ostrogothic king which he has written it for spoke some kind of conlang Gothic, it wouldn't be a Conlang. We have also the Skeireins which was written by another Goth in the same kind of Gothic as Wulfilas, so that actually gives proof that it is most likely that this written Gothic was the daily Gothic language.
This Vandalic however would be almost entirely constructed and more or less be a conlang.
About your definition, schoolchildren learn Cornish and Manx in schools, they actually learn in the languages. Also their language is not acknowledged so I already read an article in which it said that Manx schoolchildren sent a letter to, I believe it was the UN, that they speak no language.
I really doubt if Cornish and Manx are conlangs in your definition, as they are used.
Otherwise you might be right. Hmmm, so we would need to get real speakers in order to revive Gothic? That will be hard, I think the closest we will get is small speaker communities, but at least our language won't be a complete conlang which isn't based on too few material.