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Arika Okrent

Born: in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Arika Okrent was born in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago.

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Other

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Arika Okrent on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

In the land of invented languages :
ISBN: 0812980891 OCLC: 436030223

Spiegel & Grau Trade Paperbacks, New York : 2010.

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.