In the Land of Invented Languages: A Celebration of Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius

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Spiegel & Grau Trade Paperbacks, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 342 pages
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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. Just about everyone has heard of Esperanto, which was nothing less than one man's attempt to bring about world peace by means of linguistic solidarity. And every Star Trek fan knows about Klingon. But few people have heard of Babm, Blissymbolics, Loglan (not to be confused with Lojban), and the nearly nine hundred other invented languages that represent the hard work, high hopes, and full-blown delusions of so many misguided souls over the centuries. With intelligence and humor, Arika Okrent has written a truly original and enlightening book for all word freaks, grammar geeks, and plain old language lovers.
 
 

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User Review  - NielsenGW - LibraryThing

I have been waiting to read this one ever since I first heard of it—a book devoted to all the languages that have been created by other people. Everyday languages are organic: they have no real ... Read full review

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User Review  - TheDivineOomba - LibraryThing

It was cute. But not especially interesting. One made up language felt like another, and all the creators of language (with the exception of Klingon) seem to be meglomaniacs - trying to make the ... Read full review

Contents

Nine Hundred Languages Nine Hundred Tears
Claarles Bliss and tbe Language ofS_ymbols
i
A History of Failure
iii
Yobn Wilkins and the Language of Truth
iii
U5
viii
Those Queer and Mysterious Chinese Characters
161
lb The Spacemen Speak
173
_7ames Cooke Brown and the Language of Logic
199
To Menstruate joyfully
241
Klingons the Conlangers and the Jr of Language
255
The GoTo Linguist
264
What Are They Doing?
272
The Secret Vice
282
The List of Languages
295
Language Samples
315
Notes
323

Suitable Apologies
215
Meaning Quicksand
231
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Arika Okrent received a joint Ph.D. in the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Psychology’s Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Program at the University of Chicago. She has also earned her first-level certification in Klingon. She lives in Philadelphia.


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