Amateur Linguist John Quijada spent 30 years, while working at the state DMV in California, pursuing a dream that has entranced philosophers and philologists for centuries: the invention of a more perfect language. Join the creator of "Ithkuil" on Tuesday, September 9, for a wide-ranging discussion of artificial languages and the pursuit of meaning.
John Quijada has a bachelor’s degree in linguistics, and throughout his adult life continued to study linguistics as a personal hobby. His realization that languages convey thought in an inefficient manner motivated him to compare and contrast language structures. He realized he might try to create a language that “combined” the most efficient and interesting features of various languages. Between 1978 and 2011, Ithkuil evolved through self-study, trial and error, and determination. Further reading on Ithkuil is available in A Grammar of the Ithkuil Language, by John Quijada (2012). The language is featured in the fictional work Beyond Antimony, by John and Paul Quijada (2012).
Collectible limited editions of posters signed by John Quijada, Joshua Foer, and Jack Hitt will be available for sale following the event.
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