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In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build a Perfect Language

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Hats off to Okrent, who expertly exposes the history, culture, and preoccupations of this insular tribe who live among us. She rescues language inventors, or conlangers, from the oddball bin--utopianists all, they're the first biotechnologists, trying to leapfrog evolution and improve human life. They'll thank her but everyone else will, too, for finally making sense of the conlangers' discontents. --Michael Erard, author of Um...: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean

A lively, informative, insightful examination of artificial languages--who invents them, why, and why most of them fail. I loved this book.--Will Shortz, Crossword Editor, New York Times

Linguist Okrent explores some of the themes and shortcomings of 900 years worth of artificial languages. ...Okrent gamely translates these languages with unspeakably hilarious results, and riffs on the colorful eccentricities of

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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 thanone 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 withLojban), 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 haswritten a truly original and enlightening book for all word freaks, grammar geeks, and plain old language lovers.

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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, which was nothing more than a television show's attempt to create a tough-sounding language befitting a warrior race with ridged foreheads. But few people have heard of Babm, Blissymbolics, 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.

In In The Land of Invented Languages,

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Nine hundred languages, nine hundred years — John Wilkins and the language of truth — Ludwik Zambof and the language of peace — Charles Bliss and the language of symbols — James Cooke Brown and the language of logic — The Klingons, the Conlangers, and the art of language.

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neil_nachum, November 3, 2009 (view all comments by neil_nachum)
The book is very good for those who want to know about the history of planned languages. I have have some difficulty with the comparison between Esperanto and Klingon (mostly in interviews and reviews of the book). One language was meant to be easy (Esperanto) and one was meant to be difficult (Klingon). One was meant to be scarey and make money (Klingon) and one was meant to produce international dialogue, often against materialism (Esperanto) and in favor of peace (Esperanto). I personally have used Esperanto with thousands of individuals, citizens of dozens of countries, for the above purposes.
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ISBN:
9780385529716
Subtitle:
Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build a Perfect Language
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
Creator:
Arika Okrent
Author:
Arika Okrent
Author:
Arika Okrent
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines : Linguistics
Subject:
Languages, Artificial.
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Miscellaneous
Subject:
Klingon (Artificial language)
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines : Linguistics - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090519
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
342

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History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups

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"Synopsis" by , 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 thanone 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 withLojban), 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 haswritten a truly original and enlightening book for all word freaks, grammar geeks, and plain old language lovers.
"Synopsis" by , 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, which was nothing more than a television show's attempt to create a tough-sounding language befitting a warrior race with ridged foreheads. But few people have heard of Babm, Blissymbolics, 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.

In In The Land of Invented Languages,

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