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They had chapters and chapters of grammar and extensive dictionaries.

See all Product description Product details Format: Dec 20, Jimmy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Languaages Okrent goes through these examples, she is really giving us a history of what people think their languages arrika be. In short, just like physicists don’t normally read A Brief Tue of Time, and mathematicians don’t use Fermat’s Last Theorem as a textbook, I generally don’t encounter popular linguistics books.

If a language was fully logical, advocates thought, then all lnvented relationships could be seen. And that part was interesting, and then she leaves us there to backtrack and talk about all these other languages that were invented before Klingon. One of the first things you learn in linguistics is that living languages change, so any language that is used-really used-is inevitably going languagds evolve in meaning, in grammatical standards, in spelling.

One that was invented to express a woman’s perspective is Laadan and has words like thi This was a hoot! So yea, female linguists noticed that male-ness before I ever conceived of it. It was an odd experience having to make that shift in my head. As the three languages that I consider most useful to know more about.

Did they have to be so weird in public? The stories of the inventors of those pictorial languages also fits very well into the theme of “mad dreamers”, which is the more explicit thread throughout this book: 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.



Understandable that certain details wouldn’t be included in a book like this, but I would have liked them all the same. Secondly, whereas the question of what natural languages do may not be so fascinating to me, it is rather fascinating to see what people think they do – or what people think they alnguages to do.

In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent

It has all of one author, namely, Steven Pinker, and perhaps one more famous name all told Chomsky, not really famous as a linguist, but famous nonetheless. By basing it on mathematics? Her reference to her husband. Here is the captivating story of humankind’s enduring quest to build a better language—and overcome the curse of Babel. Ind Okrent begins with her semi-inculcation into Klingon in New Jersey. I imagine real linguists would consider it unbearably reductive.

I wrote him, and he e- mailed me back the same day, saying he was so excited by the prospect of another Klingon speaker so close by that he didn”t even fi nish reading my message before he responded. The author is to be congratulated. One can only hammer on the same things so much, after all, before one says ‘enough is enough’. This part of the story touches on attempts to simplify spellings. That’s not necessarily wrong, but I worried it did some of the women involved a disservice to put them in the background behind the admittedly rude, foolish, arrogant, etc male linguists.

In order to have a perfect language, one needed to know all the possible words, and so language inventors spent most of their time classifying every possible thought, every possible nuance. Okrent is a game investigator, though, with a facility for languages, and so she tries out these invented tongues and, as most would, does so by considering swear words.

It definitely differentiates the book from previous works, and it’s definitely a positive thing.

All of which feature prominently in this book. The author also devotes some chapters to Loglan and Lojban, languages of logic. So I was thinking that would be a really interesting study to do and wondering if I was capable of doing it without a linguistics or women’s studies degree. Languages for fiction are not particularly simple. I bet he left that concept out of his language. She is also a great storyteller, and eccentric characters and dashed dreams are the stuff of this delightful book.


The chapters on Klingon were the most entertaining tugh qoH nachDaj je chevlu’ta’am I right? All in all, a fantastic book for anyone interested in the history and social perception of conlangs and those who create and speak them!

ILIL does not mention them. She rescues language inventors, or conlangers, from the oddball bin—utopianists all, they’re the first biotechnologists, trying to leapfrog evolution and improve human life.

In the Land of Invented Languages

Speakers of the most widely-spoken European languages will see much that is familiar about them, and it is familiarity and the deliberate removal of irregularities that make them easy to learn. Open Preview See a Problem? If I could, I would have this book’s babies. They were invented on purpose, cut from whole cloth, set down on paper, start to fi nish, by one person.

A charades- like guessing game where someone sort of cobbled together a message and someone else sort of understood it? Quotes from In the Land of In A Celebration of Linguistic Creativity Will Shortz, Crossword Editor, ” New York Times” Linguist Okrent explores some of the themes and shortcomings of years worth of artificial languages. She peppers this subject with some of the heroes and villains behind invented languages; enter John Wilkins who construc This book is a joy.

The author would have found a better denominator in Revived Cornish, whose movement is replete with the sort of schismatic infighting ILIL most enjoys. Okrent the linguist even seems to subtly disclose a bit of envy.