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In the land of invented languages : a celebration of linguistic creativity, madness, and genius

Author: Arika Okrent
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau Trade Paperbacks, 2010, cop. 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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La 4e de couv. porte : "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  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arika Okrent
ISBN: 9780812980899 0812980891
OCLC Number: 892832565
Notes: Publié originellement en format relié : New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2009.
Description: 1 vol. (342 p.) : ill. ; 21 cm
Contents: Nine hundred languages, nine hundred years. Scaring the mundanes ; A history of failure --
John Wilkins and the language of truth. The six-hundred-page rewrite ; A calculus of thought ; A hierarchy of the universe ; The word for "shit" ; Knowing what you mean to say --
Ludwik Zamenhof and the language of peace. A linguistic handshake ; Un nuov glot ; Trouble in Volapükland ; A nudist, a gay ornithologist, a railroad enthusiast, and a punk cannabis smoker walk into a bar ; Crank pride --
Charles Bliss and the language of symbols. Word magic ; Hit by a personality tornado ; Those queer and mysterious Chinese characters ; The spacemen speak ; The catastrophic results of her ignorance --
James Cooke Brown and the language of logic. The Whorfian hypothesis ; A formula for success ; Suitable apologies ; Meaning quicksand ; To menstruate joyfully --
The Klingons, the Conlangers, and the art of language. Flaws or features? ; The go-to linguist ; What are they doing? ; The secret vice --
Appendix A. The list of languages ; Appendix B. Language samples
Responsibility: Arika Okrent.

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La 4e de couv. porte : "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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