In the Land of Invented Languages: A Celebration of Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
Nine Hundred Languages Nine Hundred Years
john Wilkins and the Language of Truth
Ludwik Zamenhof and the Language of Peace
Trouble in Volapükland
2 Crank Pride
Charles Bliss and the Language of Symbols 13 Word Magic
Hit by a Personality Tornado
Those Queer and Mysterious Chinese Characters
To Menstruate Joyfully
The Klingons the Conlangers and the Art of Language 23 Flaws or Features?
The GoTo Linguist
What Are They Doing?
The Secret Vice
The List of Languages
Appendix B Language Samples
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In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets ...
Limited preview - 2009
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