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, which was nothing more than a television show’s attempt to create a tough-sounding language befitting a warrior race with ridged foreheads. But few people have heard of Babm, Blissymbolics, 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.
This book is dangerous! I wasn't even done and I was wandering across Esperanto websites and looking for library books on Esperanto. Okrent does a wonderful job of leading the reader through the perplexing world of language-dreamers (visionaries AND cranks) who have, through the centuries, invented all manner of fascinating languages.She does a wonderful job of teaching about linguistic theory, the mechanics of real AND imaginary languages and plenty of detail (but never too much detail). With grace and a good dash of humor (as a Klingonist I had my long suffering family laughing when I read some of her depictions of the Klingon crowd) she covers it all.
Excellent! Highly recommended!