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Can You Really Invent a Language?


I just finished reading this book: In the Land of Invented Languages. It's all about constructed languages (or "conlangs") and the people who create and speak them. I had no idea that there were so many of them (well over 1,000). There is Esperanto, of course, and the revival of Modern Hebrew, but there is also a fascinating tale about a man who toiled for years working on a pictorial symbol language (inspired by Chinese) and then 50 years later, it was adapted to help children with cerebral palsy. The author also tells about her adventures with the study of Klingon. And there really is a Klingon Language Institute

Here are some other books about constructed or invented languages:

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