Shelves: languages , nonfiction The author looks at the history of invention surrounding well, invented languages. Although I could have wished for a little better organization. The author seems to jump about in time here and there, which can be confusing. And there is some repetition of information, as if she forgot she already told us that. Oddly, I was at least a third if not halfway through the book before I realized the author was a woman. It was an odd experience The author looks at the history of invention surrounding well, invented languages.
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And yet her book is a pleasure to read. Even as In the Land of Invented Languages made me admire the dreamers who have tried to improve on natural languages, it gave me new respect for the value of the "flaws" those dreamers set out to overcome. Okrent admits that it is the "overblown ridiculousness" of language inventors that first drew her to look into the subject. There is, however, a good deal more than eccentricity involved here as Okrent shows with brisk dispatch, wit, and a good deal of compassion.
Her book is both profoundly erudite and highly entertaining, a rare achievement. If they are spoken at all, these languages are spoken by fringe groups, few of whom get much more respect than those Trekkie Klingon speakers.
Therefore the question becomes: Whose first principles? Whose rationality? But few people have heard of Babm, Blissymbolics, and the nearly nine hundred other invented languages that represent the hard work, high hopes, and full-blown delusions of so many misguided souls over the centuries.
She has also earned her first-level certification in Klingon. She lives in Philadelphia. For more information about her and her homemade bagel recipe , visit arikaokrent.
In the Land of Invented Languages
And every Star Trek fan knows about Klingon. But few people have heard of Babm, Blissymbolics, Loglan not to be confused with Lojban , and the nearly nine hundred other invented languages that represent the hard work, high hopes, and full-blown delusions of so many misguided souls over the centuries. With intelligence and PDF humor, Arika Okrent has written a truly original and enlightening book for all word freaks, grammar geeks, and plain old language lovers. However, when you have by now read this e-book and you are therefore wanting to help to make their studies convincingly have you spend your time to go out of a review on our website we can easily distribute both equally positive and negative testimonials.
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