Arika Okrent /
Youth and education
Okrent was born in Chicago to parents of Polish and Transylvanian descent and was fascinated by languages since an early age, which is what made her pursue a career in linguistics. After Carleton College, she left for Hungary to teach there for a year; she earned an M.A. in Linguistics from the Gallaudet University, and a Ph.D. in Psycholinguistics from the University of Chicago in 2004. She can communicate in English, Hungarian, American Sign Language and Klingon, and has a good passive command of Esperanto.
She is the niece of writer/editor Daniel Okrent.
- Okrent, Arika (2009). In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build A Perfect Language. Spiegel & Grau. p. 352. ISBN 0-385-52788-8.
- Arika Okrent's homepage
- M. J. Stephey, "Arika Okrent: Speaking Klingon", Time, May 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
- "Arika Okrent '92". Linguistics: Alumni. Carleton College. 2009. Archived from the original on 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
- Questions Answered: Invented Languages, Schott's Vocab.
- Arika Okrent about Esperanto in CNN, September 17, 2010.
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