Ideal language

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This contribution discusses the notion of an "ideal" language and its implications for the development of knowledge organisation theory. We explore the notion of an ideal language from both a historical and a formal perspective and seek to clarify the key concepts involved. An overview of some of the momentous attempts to produce an ideal language is combined with an elucidation of the consequences the idea had in modern thought. We reveal the possibilities that the idea opened up and go into some detail to explain the theoretical boundaries it ran into.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)586-608
Number of pages23
JournalKnowledge Organization
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2018


  • Concepts
  • Ideal language
  • Knowledge organization
  • Languages
  • Natural languages


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