In the Land of Invented Languages

A Celebration of Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius

Okrent, Arika

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 0.5 stars out of 5.
In the Land of Invented Languages
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.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780812980899
Characteristics: 342 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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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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