I love reading about languages; I can say that it is one of my many weird interests. Of course, mine is a situation that can not go beyond an interested; I read if I stumble upon something exciting, but not much else. In the Land of Invented Languages, is one of those books that will make you laugh and interest in languages!
“What kind of a world do we live in that has room for dog yoga but not for Esperanto!”Arika Okrent
Arika Okrent refers to the languages people create (especially for a particular purpose or entertainment) and also talks about her own experiences and her own point of view. Which I think is so fun, or it might feel like you are reading a textbook. As she is a linguist as well, it is interesting to read about her opinions. Also, if you are interested in Klingon and Esperanto, there are stories about them as well.
Note about the author: Arika Okrent is so entertaining and very cute. Please take a look at her website: Arika Okrent. And don’t forget to check her bagel recipe. It looks delicious. In the photo below, she reads Hamlet in Klingon.
About the book: 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.
About the author: Arika Okrent
Arika Okrent is an American linguist, known particularly for her 2009 book In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build A Perfect Language, a result of her five years of research into the topic of constructed languages.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: