Sunday, 28 June 2009

Great New Book about Con-Languages


One of the reading joys of this summer (thanks to the Amazon "we think you would enjoy option") is a new book about the world of artifical languages (or con-langs) called In the Land of Artifical Languages by Arika Okrent.

As an avid although I fear hoplessly inept Tolkien Linguist I was not aware of the incredible number of artifical languages and the number of people who had the same "secret vice" as Tolkien. The book is excellenty writen with some great tongue and cheek observations of a newbie at at a Loglan conference or cramming to pass her first test in Klingon (which I am now secretly -will not so secretly if I am posting it here! - thinking of learning once I get my head around Russian.

I recommend it highly! My Good Reads review follows:

In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and The Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build A Perfect Language In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and The Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build A Perfect Language by Arika Okrent


My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars
Excellent book - a must read for any secret vice arm chair linguist - has made me interested in learning Klingon!!! Excellent - a bit more on Tolkien would have been good - perhaps a second volume.


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2 comments:

Brian Barker said...

Concerning Arika's new book....

I think that the choice, realistically, for the future global language lies between English and Esperanto, rather than an untried project. As a native English speaker I would prefer Esperanto.

It's unfortunate, however, that only a few people know that Esperanto has become a living language.

After a short period of 121 years Esperanto is now in the top 100 languages, out of 6,800 worldwide, according to the CIA factbook.

It is the 17th most used language in Wikipedia, and in use by Skype, Firefox and Facebook. Native Esperanto speakers,(people who have used the language from birth), include George Soros, World Chess Champion Susan Polgar, Ulrich Brandenberg the new German Ambassador to NATO and Nobel Laureate Daniel Bovet.

Further arguments can be seen at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHALnLV9XU Professor Piron was a translator with the United Nations in Geneva.

A glimpse of Esperanto can be seen at http://www.lernu.net

andrew higgins said...

Brian

Thanks for the comment. I have Esperanto on my radar to study (with Klingon!).

Best, Andrew

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