My philosophy on how to create family auxlangs

Today I want to switch from my usual topics to conlanging, which has long been a hobby of mine. My favorite constructed languages to work on are the sort which I imagine to be naturally spoken languages in some alternate universe. I particularly enjoy creating families of languages which have their share of illogical quirks, partly explained through their own histories, in the way that real languages do; these are often called "artlangs". However, I'm also very interested in the idea of "auxlangs" -- that is, languages constructed with no pretense at looking natural, but for the purpose of easing international communication.

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