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Okrent delivers a very readable, entertaining venture into the world of “con langs. It’s a true neglected drama, and the personae and events are quite interesting.

Okrent is a very good writer and knows how to choose and lead up to the funniest aspect of a constructed language — or of kanguages inventor.

In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent

And if you okreng languages at arrika, then it’s fascinating. She introduces us to some of the people who made up their own languages, tells us the reasons why they did it, and explores the aftermaths. The writer clearly knows her stuff and talks as a linguist to other linguists, discussing how these languages have developed following the patterns of other, existing languages though I will note that from this standpoint she could have left the lengthy explanation of Whorf out.

So I thought it only fair that I state in public that I loved this book, and wish it had been twice as long. If you speak multiple languages, but have never learned a made-up language, you’ll be absolutely enthralled by it. First, it offers a history-not in depth, but more than be found elsewhere, certainly- and also a view of conlanging from a particularly eloquent outsiders perspective.

Just about everyone has heard okrentt Esperanto, which was nothing less than one man’s attempt to bring about world peace by means of linguistic solidarity.


Also Klingon is one of the most successful languages, despite the fact that it has no ‘real purpose’, as some have argued.

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.

I had no idea that that many people going back to the s in Europe! But what makes this book head and shoulders above most other books that cover a fascinating subject is… 1.

In the Land of Invented Languages

She is selective, of course, and organizes the material around a few key themes about language that resonate with any reader: Read more Read less. My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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.

The One that solved all our problems, that united all of humanity. It was full of those interesting tidbits that make you annoy the people in the room by interrupting them to say, “Wow, did you know that These folks are usually dreamers.

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Therefore the question becomes: Then again being able to speak Klingon pretty much does this without surgery. And there is some repetition of information, as if she forgot she already told us ib. Recommended, if the topic appeals.

Alas, many of them were also cranks who were legendarily difficult to get along with, their death grip on their inventions and general litigiousness dooming their projects virtually out of the gate–see the chapters on the inventors of Blissymbolics and Loglan. The title of the lnd pretty much says it tue. I know this is common if grating in popular nonfiction, but Okrent’s attempts to distance herself from the nerdiness of attending a Klingon conference make me actively dislike her personality.


Share your thoughts with other customers. It would laanguages easy to just poke fun all day at this cast of characters they definitely give her plenty of material. The author frequently inserts notes about her own personality quirks into otherwise interesting material. But ultimately the cumulative craziness of the various language inventors takes its toll.

That’s interesting particularly because of what the book was slightly too early to discuss – the work of David Peterson, lnvented. This could have been written for me. The author, Arika Okrent what language is that? 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. Feb 01, CarolineFromConcord rated it really liked it.

From there, there was nowhere to go but to the borders of language itself–the contact, or “mixed,” languages, the pidgins and creoles of the PMs: The idea that language brings with it a whole lot of cultural baggage that makes it difficult or impossible to express certain things in one language, and make the implication of those same things difficult to avoid when on the same topic in another another language, led to a quest for a value-neutral or “logical” language.

It sets out to tell a certain story, as much about language itself as about language invention: Kindle Edition File Size: Dec 04, Bandit rated it it was amazing. After all, most of them rehash upon those things the public is most ignorant of, and we the professionals get most tired of hearing.