In the Land of Invented Languages

Here is the captivating story of humankind’s enduring quest to build a better language—and overcome the curse of Babel.

In the Land of Invented Languages

Here is the captivating story of humankind’s enduring quest to build a better language—and overcome the curse of Babel. Just about everyone has heard of Esperanto, which was nothing less than one man’s attempt to bring about world peace by means of linguistic solidarity. 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 humor, Arika Okrent has written a truly original and enlightening book for all word freaks, grammar geeks, and plain old language lovers.

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In the Land of Invented Languages
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Arika Okrent
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-05-19 - Publisher: Random House

Here is the captivating story of humankind’s enduring quest to build a better language—and overcome the curse of Babel. Just about everyone has heard of Esperanto, which was nothing less than one man’s attempt to bring about world peace by means of linguistic solidarity. And every Star Trek fan knows
Highly Irregular
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Arika Okrent
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Highly Irregular is an illustrated history of English as told through all the things that are weird about it. Why are there so many silent letters? Why do we have irregular verbs? What is the deal with the word 'colonel'? The weirdness of English can be blamed on specific influences
Gewaltfreie Kommunikation
Language: de
Pages: 237
Authors: Marshall B. Rosenberg
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011 - Publisher: Junfermann Verlag GmbH

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The Dictionary of Made-Up Languages
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Stephen D Rogers
Categories: Reference
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-10-15 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Can you converse in Klingon? Ask an Elf the time of day? Greet a speaker of Esperanto? These are among the more than 100 constructed languages you'll find in this book. For each one, author Stephen D. Rogers provides vocabulary, grammatical features, background information on the language and its inventor,
The Language Wars
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Henry Hitchings
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-02-03 - Publisher: Hachette UK

The English language is a battlefield. Since the age of Shakespeare, arguments over correct usage have been acrimonious, and those involved have always really been contesting values - to do with morality, politics and class. THE LANGUAGE WARS examines the present state of the conflict, its history and its future.