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Name:  Arika Okrent  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Other

Audience: Adult;

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 :
ISBN: 0812980891. OCLC Number: 436030223

Spiegel & Grau Trade Paperbacks,. .

Okrent tells the fascinating and highly entertaining history of man's enduring quest to build a better language. Peopled with charming eccentrics and exasperating megalomaniacs, the land of invented languages is a place where you can recite the Lord's Prayer in John Wilkins's Philosophical Language, say your wedding vows in Loglan, and read "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" in Lojban--not to mention Babm, Blissymbolics, and the nearly nine hundred other invented languages featured in this language-lover's book.