The first time I saw this book it sounded interesting but now that I've read it I really appreciate it.
The author's style is most lively, and every page is packed with interesting facts, but that doesn't quite explain why this book captivates me so.
I think one of the most rewarding aspects of this book is the contrast Okrent draws between invented and organic languages.
Good book on one researcher's trip through the invented languages landscape. Not much on theory and not much on theory but some on why invented languages haven't had much success.Published 15 days ago by Grown Up Geek
This is not a "fluff" book. Each chapter demonstrates the linguistic significance of what invented languages can teach us, and their historic impact. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mick
The author describes invented (or artificial) languages like Klingon, Esperanto, Blissymbolics, Loglan-Lojban etc. from a personal viewpoint. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R C Groeneveld
An interesting romp through the world of con-langing. This book is a must for people interested in inventing a language for any reason.Published 8 months ago by Randy
Although linguistics mystifies many people, this is a book that most people should be able to relate to. The narrative is fun and curious about all things about language. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mimi Rondeau
As a language creator who came to the current social group a little later into its existence, this book provides provides two beautiful facets. Read morePublished 13 months ago by bornforwater
It provided me with a lot of knowledge I didn't have before, and the personal approach make it so much easier to read and to engage with.Published 14 months ago by Christina Thorlann
I learned a lot from this book and had a great time reading it. The author's fascination with the colorful characters who invented and advocated these invented languages, as well... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Martin J. Levine
Okrent does manage to dig up many interesting stories surrounding invented languages. This does surely provide good entertainment. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Philip