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In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius - Arika Okrent
In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780812980899 (0812980891)
ASIN: 812980891
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Pages no: 342
Edition language: English
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nente
nente rated it
4.0 In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build a Perfect Language
I liked the way Arika Okrent organized the artificial languages into trends and put them in philosophical context of the time. The sheer volume of the information may, however, be a little offputting at times, and of course I didn't actually read the list of 500 languages she gives at the end.I supp...
Osho
Osho rated it
As a college student I'd have given it 5 stars and learned Klingon. Now I just enjoyed it. Okrent begins with a tense writing style that makes me want to reassure her that anybody who picks this up is a nerd and will only find the sometimes arch tone offputting. We all know who we are and why we're ...
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