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Even though I sort of already knew that. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in linguistics or languages. Jun 09, David rated it really liked it Shelves: But it’s also the personal experience of talking with the family and friends or ex-friends of people like Bliss and Brown.

So any “perfect” language is destined to deviate from perfection arioa soon as it becomes a spoken thing. But it is still worthwhile to explore the various impulses that lead to these attempts, and contemplate the reasons for their failure. One also meets linguists Mark Okrand, inventor of Klingon, and Suzette Haden Elgin, who created Ladaan, a language encoding women’s experiences, and who wonders why a language for women has languished while one for alien warriors thrives.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets Appendix B Language Samples. I did not look for a Laadan app.

Frankly, one of the reasons I do not read popular linguistics is that, all told, one rather expects t be bored, reading popular books of one’s profession. Apparently it’s been done for centuries to varied albeit mostly low, very low degrees of success and recognition.

Also Klingon is one of the most successful languages, despite the fact that it has no ‘real purpose’, as some have argued. Nov 08, Emily rated it it was amazing Shelves: But what drives these people to create them in the first place, against all odds of mass adaption?


In the Land of Invented Languages

As the three languages that I consider most useful to know more about. Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean” A lively, informative, insightful examination of artificial languages who invents them, why, and why most of them fail.

It shows how language systems connect, or don’t connect, with people.

Even orent the material was familiar to me — like the early history of invented languages, oirent is similarly covered in Pierre Janton ‘s book Esperanto Language, Literature, and Community — Okrent manages to find new material that hasn’t been presented elsewhere or she is able to present a new viewpoint on the material. Ludwik Zamenhof and the Language of Peace.

For example, one language created by a feminist fantasy author includes words like ” radiidin: Fortunately, her own prose is a lahd of clarity and grace; through it, she conveys fascinating insights into why natural language, with its corruptions, ambiguities and arbitrary conventions, trips so fluently lnad our tongues. Okrent delivers a very readable, entertaining venture into the world of “con langs. She lives in Philadelphia. And it’s a great source of knowledge about human languages and why languates exasperate some people – because they are not perfect.

Many became convinced that nonmathematical concepts could be expressed in similar ways, resulting in a language where every concept had to be looked up and its meaning made precise, through a table, and then all the concepts jammed together into an unreadable “sentence. Perhaps this should be read as a sweet, autobiographical, coming-of-age tale or whatever, but at the very least I enjoyed the historical foray into a strange world where few have gone before.

The author looks at the history of invention surrounding well, invented languages. The result is something more cannibalistic than informative, especially with its constant emphasis on the social awkwardness of the people involved. Esperantists also hope for that last bit, too.

The author also devotes some chapters to Loglan and Lojban, languages of logic. And, though I 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.


His other interests include knot making, typography, mathematical knitting, and calendrical systems.

But it’s still worth learning about them, because they shed light both on the perils of idealism and on the evolution of natural language I learned a ton of random facts, and I thought I knew it all, having a decent knowledge of Esperanto. She’s somehow able to tell very human stories through the medium of linguistics.

In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent

The languages we speak were not created according to any plan or design. Even the most ardent Star Trek fanatics, the Trekkies, who dress languqges in costume every day, who can recite scripts of entire episodes, who collect Star Trek paraphernalia with mad devotion, consider Klingon speakers beneath them.

Okrent the linguist even seems to subtly disclose a bit of envy. On the vest he wears most days, he displays his three Klingon certification pins; membership pins for the Dozenal Society “they advocate switching to a base 12 system from the base 10 system we use for numbering”Mensa “it”s a way for insecure people to feel better about themselves”and the Triple Nine Society “a more extreme ari,a of Mensa” ; and a button he made that says “If you can read this you are standing too close” in Braille.

Mythcon Mythcon Overview Current Mythcon. Therefore the question becomes: After reading it, almost wish I was able to express my admiration and appreciation in an invented language. Miller, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “[Okrent’s] book is both thought-provoking and fun.