Okrent, Noted Linguist and Author, to Present Keynote
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 TheWeek.com.
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
Magazine. This is Adobe's ninth straight year as
a Gold Sponsor of IUC.
To view the full IUC agenda and to register, visit www.unicodeconference.org.
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