Curiosity Daily Podcast: Klingon and Esperanto Are Important Languages, Too
Language encapsulates every part of a culture, from its history of ideas to the way its speakers perceive reality itself. And according to linguistics expert Arika Okrent, author of "In the Land of Invented Languages," even "made-up" languages like Klingon and Esperanto serve an important purpose. She joins the Curiosity Podcast to discuss the field of linguistics and why we say what we say.
Episode Show Notes:
In addition to her first-level certification in Klingon, Arika Okrent's education includes an M.A. in Linguistics from Gallaudet, the world's only university for the deaf, and a joint PhD from the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Psychology's Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Program at the University of Chicago.
More from Curiosity:
- ISS Astronauts Speak In A "Space Creole" Called Runglish
- Esperanto Is the World's Universal Language
- The Language You Speak Changes Your Perception Of Time—Literally
- It's Surprisingly Easy To Plant False Memories
- The Norman Conquest Is Why Steak Is "Beef" and Not "Cow"
- The Shocking Socioeconomic Word Gap
Additional resources discussed:
- "In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build A Perfect Language"
- Arika Okrent's website
- Lingua Francas, Pidgins, and Creoles
- Development and Use of the Klingon Language
- "J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography"
- "The Return of the Shadow: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part One (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 6)"
- "The Treason of Isengard: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part Two (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 7)"
- "The War of the Ring: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part Three (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 8)"
- The Klingon Language Institute's annual conference, qep'a'
- The Whorfian time warp: Representing duration through the language hourglass
- The Whites of Our Eyes (New York Times)
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