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In the Land of Invented Languages

A Celebration of Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius
Okrent, Arika (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
In the Land of Invented Languages
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Okrent tells the fascinating and highly entertaining history of man's enduring quest to build a better language. Peopled with charming eccentrics and exasperating megalomaniacs, the land of invented languages is a place where you can recite the Lord's Prayer in John Wilkins's Philosophical Language, say your wedding vows in Loglan, and read "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" in Lojban--not to mention Babm, Blissymbolics, and the nearly nine hundred other invented languages featured in this language-lover's book.
Authors: Okrent, Arika
Title: In the land of invented languages
a celebration of linguistic creativity, madness, and genius
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 342 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Contents: Nine hundred languages, nine hundred years
John Wilkins and the language of truth
Ludwik Zamenhof 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
Summary: Okrent tells the fascinating and highly entertaining history of man's enduring quest to build a better language. Peopled with charming eccentrics and exasperating megalomaniacs, the land of invented languages is a place where you can recite the Lord's Prayer in John Wilkins's Philosophical Language, say your wedding vows in Loglan, and read "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" in Lojban--not to mention Babm, Blissymbolics, and the nearly nine hundred other invented languages featured in this language-lover's book.
ISBN: 9780812980899
0385527888
9780385527880
Statement of Responsibility: Arika Okrent
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Loglan (Artificial language) Lojban (Artificial language) Blissymbolics Klingon (Artificial language) Esperanto Languages, Artificial
Topical Term: Loglan (Artificial language)
Lojban (Artificial language)
Blissymbolics
Klingon (Artificial language)
Esperanto
Languages, Artificial
LCCN: 2008038732
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Dec 27, 2012
  • eiad77 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good book about invented languages for those who enjoy linguistics.

Oct 22, 2011
  • fzlu rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mainly about invented languages, but I found interesting the information surrounding the different motives of the inventors. There is also a description of people who tried to analyze their own existing language, for example, how one of the first attempt at a synonym reference book ordered words by classification (it reminded me of the Scientific Classification of animals we have today).

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