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Name:  Arika Okrent  

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Genre: Other

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Arika Okrent was born in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Arika Okrent is a linguist. She earned an M.A. in Linguistics from the Gallaudet University, and a Ph.D. in Psycholinguistics from the University of Chicago in 2004. She speaks English, Hungarian, and American Sign Language. She is particularly known for her 2009 book In the Land of Invented Languages, a result of her five years of research into the topic of constructed languages.


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In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius
ISBN: 0812980891

Spiegel & Grau. 2010

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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