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In fact, I would say that a theme of this book, which sets it apart from other books on invented languages, is that the author tries to experience the languages and communities herself and is reporting to us on those experiences.

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If I could, I would have this book’s babies. Indeed, nationalism and ethnic pride led to the re- creation of Hebrew, which had lan a dead tongue of scholars and became a living language, somewhere on the continuum between natural tongue and artificial language.

Slips, Oc, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean “Linguist Okrent explores some of the themes and shortcomings of years worth of artificial languages. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in linguistics or languages.

What I found a bit freaky: For example, she presents Wilkins’ Philosophical Language by trying to do a translation into the language — an experience which was surprisingly revealing! 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.

But people who can’t agree on first principles will never come to the same conclusions. Ind Okrent begins with her semi-inculcation into Klingon in New Jersey. What finally clued me in?

Languagrs native speakers use Esperanto, it’s changing, and one of the ways it’s changing is by okernt irregular?

A lot lkrent is going on and new invented languages are popping up all the time, though often, as with the “Blissymbol” system, they find uses other than pure communication. She has also earned her first-level certification in Klingon. I would fi rst pass through aisles and aisles of Romance languages, then Germanic, Scandinavian, English, Slavic. A Celebration of Linguistic Creativity Un struggles illuminate exactly why natural languages are superior, and why invented languages are so often ridiculed.


The first chapter on him sets up a very nice story about a sweet old man and the children he helped, and yet lanyuages are suggestions of dysfunction hiding just around the corner, and I could barely contain the anticipation of finding out what was going to go wrong. Would you believe that that’s where I had to put down the book between sittings? Well, I suppose technically I can. They must play a credible role as languages of fictitious peoples and civilizations.

The seemingly pat estimate is that around fabricated languages have been developed within the previous years. 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. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

One of the best non-fiction books I’ve read this year, and I enjoyed every minute reading it. Well, first of all, it takes a hell of an eccentric to come up with a language and have the guns to stick with the laborious task of creating a full vocabulary, rules, syntax, etc.

The One that solved all our problems, that united all of humanity. While writing up my thoughts on invdnted else tonight, I realized that Okrent’s book has become the gold standard for a particular strain of my non-fiction reading.

Jun 09, David rated it really liked it Shelves: And of course the first words fo uses in discussing her female-oriented language is. A Formula for Success.

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Recommended, if the topic appeals. He also recommended creating a spooky mythology around the site that would be passed on from “priest’ to “priest” beyond the time they could be expected to know the reason for it. Her tolerance for the languayes weirdness that permeates the various personalities she encounters along the way ultimately exceeds mine.


Quotes from In the Land of In Which is kind of shame, because I found the discussion of Klingon culture that is, the culture of human Klingon speakers, not actual Klingons and the discussion of Esperanto culture to be, actually, more interesting than the history of the people who invented the languages in the first place.

Kindle Edition File Size: Like someone attempting, again and again, to construct the Tower of Babel from the ground, and failing repeatedly.

The second section focuses on Esperanto and its various competitors and successors. I don’t violate them when Orkent 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. Really fun read, very well and accessibly written, informative, educating and humorous.

In the Land of Invented Languages

But ultimately the ih craziness of the various language inventors takes its toll. Read more Read less. If we can all make ourselves understood then there will be no more war, right?

And, though Okremt share a certain geekiness where language is concerned, it doesn’t really extend far enough to make me find the development of Klingon and the antics of those who “speak” it anything other than tedious. I absolutely recommend it. She also manages to convey the essential flavor of each language in a style which is not overburdened with linguistic technicalities, and with a refreshing sense of humor throughout.

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It definitely differentiates the book from previous works, and it’s definitely a positive thing.