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On Invented Languages

November 29th, 2011 by Chris Strauber

I just read an interview with Michael Adams of Indiana University, the editor of a just-published collection of essays, From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages. He estimates there are about a thousand invented languages, including Esperanto and Na’avi (from Avatar). And acknowledges that it seems like a strange or geeky thing to do. “But fundamentally, it’s not crazy. We should all look on [invented languages] like we look on a poem or a painting or listen to music. As an aesthetic expression of the human experience.” (via Time International). We don’t have this yet (the publication date is 12/1/2011), but we do have his earlier study Slang: The People’s Poetry.

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