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Ann McDonough

Arika Okrent, Noted Linguist and Author, to Present Keynote at  
39th Internationalization and Unicode Conference 

Needham, MA, August 03, 2015 - The Unicode Consortium® today announced that Arika Okrent will deliver the keynote address titled, "Babel Rousers: The 900-year Quest to Build a Better Language," at this year's Internationalization & Unicode® Conference (IUC). The conference will take place from October 26th to October 28th at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, CA.

Ms. Okrent is the author of In the Land of Invented Languages, a history of artificial languages that was named one of the best books of 2009 by The San Francisco Chronicle. She received a joint Ph.D. in the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Psychology's Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Program at the University of Chicago and also holds a first-level certification in Klingon. Ms. Okrent is currently an editor at Mental Floss magazine and language writer at

According to Ms. Okrent, "Our human languages are ambiguous, complex, irregular, and just generally messy. Most of us are content to live with these problems, but over the centuries those who thought these problems can be solved asked: Why not build a better language? My talk will illustrate the history of approaches to language invention, both ingenious and foolhardy, by looking at particular words from these languages."

IUC is the premier event covering the latest in industry standards and best practices for bringing software and Web applications to worldwide markets. The conference is sponsored by Adobe and MultiLingual Magazine. This is Adobe's ninth straight year as a Gold Sponsor of IUC.

To view the full IUC agenda and to register, visit

About Unicode Consortium
The Unicode Consortium is a nonprofit organization founded to develop, extend and promote the use of the Unicode standard and related globalization standards. The membership of the consortium represents a broad spectrum of corporations and organizations in the computer and information processing industry. Members are: Adobe, Apple, Google, Government of Bangladesh, Government of India, IBM, Microsoft, Monotype Imaging, Oracle, SAP, The Society for Natural Language Technology Research, The University of California (Berkeley), The University of California (Santa Cruz), Yahoo!, plus well over a hundred Associate, Liaison, and individual members. For more information, please contact the Unicode Consortium

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