In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent The Unfolding of Language by Guy Deutscher Babel No More by Michael Erard Talking Hands by Margalit. In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Build A Perfect Language eBook: Arika Okrent: : Kindle Store. In the Land of Invented Languages: A Celebration of Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius. Front Cover. Arika Okrent. Spiegel & Grau Trade Paperbacks.

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If you like books about language, you probably will too. Want to Read saving…. A brief and breezy overview of the history of artificial languages. Like someone attempting, again and again, to construct the Tower of Babel innvented the ground, and failing repeatedly.

One language still has a significant dedicated following – Esperanto. The attempts at invented languages could be roughly said to progress from systems that are very unnatural unspeakable assemblages of numbers or letters to systems that seek to combine all of the inventor’s favorite aspects of natural languages.

And yet her book is a pleasure to read. I don’t violate them when I want to sound like an educated person, for the same reason I don’t wear a bikini to a funeral when I want to look like a respectful person.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Content copyright The Mythopoeic Society All rights reserved. The book ends with quite a brief section on the okretn, reflecting on artlangs which have now become the most common type made by conlangers.


In the Land of Invented Languages

Secondly, whereas the question of what natural languages do may not be so fascinating to me, it is rather fascinating to see what people think they do – or what people think they ought to do. His other interests ivnented knot making, typography, mathematical knitting, and calendrical systems. In the Land of Invented Languages: And it’s nice to know not all invented languages are male in origin. View all 5 comments. Arima, I soon enough toss the book aside, bookmarked at pageroughly years after Wilkins, so I can go to bed.

If you’re not familiar with the history of invented languages, this an excellent one-stop introduction. When people “spoke” Klingon, was it playacting?

For more information about her and her homemade bagel recipevisit arikaokrent. An example of breach is Loglan, whose adherents so strongly rebelled against its conservative founder that they came up with Lojban, originally meant to incorporate changes the master would not permit. Quotes from In the Land of In Lanuages and High Valyrian.

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Here is the captivating story of humankind’s enduring quest to build a better language—and overcome the curse of Babel. These guys did the groundwork that led to the Library of Congress classification of books and to Roget’s Thesaurus, so their magnificent effort wasn’t wasted.


And so the humor is very good o,rent, very balanced and genuine, and in a way, it’s as if she’s having a good chuckle at herself at times.

Tio estas lad bona! The title of the book pretty much says it all. Powers, The Boston Globe “Arika Okrent’s fascinating book offers a comprehensive survey of artificial languages invented to solve an important problem: DR of it is that I’m practicing Esperanto again, on Duolingo this time.

And yes, even though I know linguistics is one science where there are a lot of women.

The author informs me, though, that many of the books are now browsable online through Google Books. Fortunately, her own prose is a model of clarity and grace; through it, she conveys fascinating insights into why natural language, with its corruptions, ambiguities and arbitrary conventions, trips so fluently off our tongues.

Okrent is a very good writer and knows how to choose and lead up to the funniest aspect of a constructed language — or of the inventor. Customers who bought this item also bought. What finally clued me in?

The Klingon Dictionary was here, among other books on languages I had never heard of: