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Unfortunately, it was undone by the very political forces it was trying to combat: Powers, The Boston Globe. So I freely admit that I was very much afraid I would be bored. Here is the captivating story of humankind’s enduring quest to build a better languageā€”and overcome the curse of Babel. I usually met with Mark at a kosher pizza place.

Go read someone else’s summary. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Part of this story is about linguists and eccentricity, and that has certain constraints. My linguistics reading is usually limited to things with names like “Government, Binding and Control” which is not a political treatise and “Language Typology” or “Universal Constraints”. If you’re like me and you’re fascinated by human languages, don’t miss the chance to read this book. All of which feature prominently in this book.

Ind Okrent begins with her semi-inculcation into Klingon in New Jersey. But ultimately the cumulative craziness of the various language inventors takes its toll. If a language was fully logical, advocates thought, then all the relationships could be seen.

In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent

It shows how language systems connect, or don’t connect, with agika. Refresh and try again. Blessedly, author Akira Okrent knows just when to stop shy of entering the realm of computer languages, so if you’re looking for a taste of Fortran, Cobal languafes Linux, go elsewhere. This book was precisely that – a gift. I am a semi-professional linguist – that is to say, I am rapidly on my way to becoming one, as degrees go – so one would think I read popular linguistics books all the time.


She lives in Philadelphia.

Someone said something a certain way, someone else picked up on it, and someone else embellished. 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 to evolve in meaning, in grammatical standards, in spelling. This is how pidgins, slangs, and dialects are born; this is the way English, Russian, and Japanese were born.

But the monomania of Bliss and Brown, their protracted legal wranglings in defence of their weirdly idosyncratic creations made for depressing reading. This book is excellent!

Sale ends lnd 31 January at Okrent the linguist even seems to subtly disclose a bit of envy. By creating symbols that perfectly represent abstract ideas?

How many are there? And of course I knew about that language already, because I loved Suzette Haden Elgin’s book before I knew it was a series. 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 If you have any interest in invented language at all, pick up this book.

The result is something more cannibalistic than informative, especially with its constant emphasis on the social awkwardness of the people involved. The seemingly pat estimate is that around fabricated languages have been developed within the previous years. Okrent gives us the tour we’d expect of funny invented languages like Esperanto ivented Klingon she even attends a Klingon convention.

That story is fascinating.

In the Land of Invented Languages

I think it is, geeky in the greatest possible way. Indeed, nationalism and ethnic pride led to the re- creation of Hebrew, which had been a dead tongue of scholars and became a living language, somewhere on the continuum between natural tongue and artificial language. But of course, Okrent points out, one of the reasons that natural languages flourish is that the speaker need not consider every logical implication of what they say! May 14, Emily Jusuf rated it it was amazing Shelves: Okrent also takes a brief detour into the resurrection of Hebrew from a strictly liturgical language into a daily form of communication after an almost year hiatus I could have read a lot more about Hebrew than the few pages here.


The chapters on Klingon were the most entertaining tugh qoH nachDaj je chevlu’ta’am I right?

In the late 19th century, scholars were mesmerized by the idea of Proto-Indo-European as an ancestor of most European languages and wanted to create easy-to-learn languages that drew on those commonalities–of which Esperanto was the most successful among hundreds of attempts. Through twenty-six chapters, ILIL considers the phenomenon of deliberate language creation, especially the creation of languages intended to improve upon natural ones.

These inventors were idealists, but idealists within their time, and so the languages they invented reflected these dreams: It definitely differentiates the book from previous works, and it’s definitely a positive thing.

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The efforts by humans to create “the perfect language” and to overcome the shortfalls and vices of natural human languages prove to be forever quixotic. But I am fascinated by linguistics, and I’ve always been fascinated by conlangs like Esperanto and the even more exotic Volapuk. Though ILIL claims that artistic including fictional-world conlangs represent the final phase of the invented language movement, its treatment is a mere postscript to the rest of the book, and includes no theoretical content.

She lives in Philadelphia. Aug 07, Simon rated it really liked it Shelves: