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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wide-ranging and Scholarly, 25 Sep 2013
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This volume, the work of several authors, gives a good account of Esperanto and Volapük while glossing over other serious attempts to create an international auxiliary language. It deals sympathetically with the passion and linguistic expertise J R R Tolkien invested in the invented languages that add great power to his fiction. The origins and making of Klingon are described by its own inventor Marc Okrand and others, and an appendix includes the Klingon version of part of Hamlet, said to predate Shakespeare's! There are chapters on the partial languages generated by electronic games and used by those who play them and on invented scripts like Leet. Dead or dying languages that have been artificially revitalized for daily used by their respective nationalities, including Hebrew, Breton, and Cornish are examined quite severely, in my view, and there's an appendix dealing with the legal complexities of who own an invented language: is it the inventor or those who speak it? I found the purely linguistic chapters more satisfying than those exploring the non-linguistic aspects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read if you are into socio linguistcs, 21 Jun 2013
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Hmm...... the star system is always an opinion but I did love this book. I am doing some self initiated research into this area and Micheal Adams gave me a lot to think about and a lot of extra areas to look at. Not for anyone who wants to read about wacky nerds learning pointless stuff! He makes good points and I always felt he is a truthful and thoughtful guide in an area which is full of polemical arguments that border on flame wars. So if you are like me ( a bit of a language anorak) and you like the "extremophiles" in the language world then hopefully you'll like this book.
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