In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius

In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius

by Arika Okrent

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In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius by Arika Okrent

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.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812980899
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/11/2010
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 422,647
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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.

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