Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Talk the Talk: Artificial languages

Just had a fun interview with Arika Okrent, author of 'In the Land of Invented Languages'.

I mentioned in the interview that I had a hard time getting excited about yet another fictional language, when so many natural languages are endangered. Wouldn't it be great if the people behind Avatar had chosen a suitable sounding natural language, instead of inventing Na'vi? I suppose it does no good to complain though -- I also think that kids should be memorising stats about real animals instead of Pokémon, but it'll never happen because real animals don't shoot fire out their ass.

That said, it was interesting to hear a bit about Esperanto and Lojban. It was also fun to hear some spoken Klingon -- yes, Arika is a certified Klingon speaker.

You can check out the interview by heading to our Talk the Talk page on Facebook. Don't forget to like us!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for commenting! If this comment is on a post older than 60 days, your comment will go straight to moderation, and I'll approve it if it's not spammy.