and Suriel Mofu · A grammar of Kharia, a South Munda language, by John Peterson · From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring invented languages, edited by Michael. Apart from languages derived from science fiction and fantasy worlds, From Elvish to Klingon includes investigative accounts of international auxiliary languages. From Elvish to Klingon has ratings and 24 reviews. Nikki said: This book is along the same lines as Arika Okrent’s In the Land of Invented Languages.

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From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages

As someone who has dabbled with music notation reforms, the practical information about what happens to a language once it’s been invented was interesting as well.

Tolkien, the fifteen languages he created are considered in the context of invented languages of other kinds.

Exploring Invented Languages, a group of leading linguists offers a lively investigation of all manner of invented languages. And this seems to be the implicit understanding in this book of what a language is, since the inventors in question seem generally to invent vocabularies and syntactic principles.

Some of the words have humorous effect, especially if one is familiar with Russian. Perrine rated it it was amazing Sep 16, From Elvish to Klingon: Invented languages hold a deep fascination for me, and this book covers every kind: He has contributed to and edited many journals as well as numerous linguistic works, including the Middle English Dictionary and The American Heritage Dictionary of theEnglish Language, Fourth Edition.

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May 06, Dr. The articles in the appendix as well as the chapters themselves are equipped with bibliographies that provide many further avenues for exploration.


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For example, there is an excellent book to be written about the poetics of literary, cinematic and gaming invented languages; another excellent book on the sociolinguistics of revitalised languages and language-promotion; another excellent book on dialect, accent and its uses and abuses in literature; and another excellent book on the history and ideologies of auxiliary languages like Esperanto or Air-Traffic Control English, spelling reform and the academies and government policies that sustain them.

International Llingon Languages Arden Smith. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. The chapter on languages in games was rather An absolutely riveting account of the perils and the prizes associated with attempts to revive languages, including Hebrew, Hawaiian, Breton, Irish, Cornish, and Maori, and a few others. Aug 08, Sam Fenn rated it liked it.

A kind of introduction to some of the conceptual issues that arise in thinking about invented languages. Most philosophers, I suspect, would say that a language is a set of lexical items and syntactic rules interpreting syntax very broadly here to include all formal structures such as phonology, morphology, etc. Rrom thought the chapter on Klingon went elvjsh a little too long about Shakespeare in Klingon, but didn’t mention the Bible translation s.

From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring invented languages, edited by Michael Adams : Linguistic Typology

From Elvish to Klingon: At the end, Adams has also provided a complementary appendix for each of the [End Page ] eight chapters; the appendix either expands upon a specific topic introduced in the parent chapter, as in the case of “Esperanto’s Zenith,” or introduces a different but relevant topic, as in the case of “The Case for Synthetic Scots.

What exactly is an invented language?

Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. If you are a Tolkien fan I recommend the essay included in this anthology!


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Enterpriseis a linguist. For me, the high points were the discussion of Tolkien’s languages the chapter hits a good middle ground between what you might find in a elvsih and the full Sindarin grammars and suchlike available online ; of the Russian-based teenage slang in ‘A Clockwork Orange’; and of the political and cultural problems that arise when nationalist enthusiasts try to ‘bring back’ a moribund language.

There was a lot of stuff in here I didn’t know and I feel much more educated about invented languages, especially the political side of revitalizing language and the reasons why people might not want to let English Invented languages hold a deep fascination for me, and this book covers every kind: Romaine has published widely on minority languages, including both the moribund and revitalized varieties. Book titles OR Journal titles. If indeed wordplay were to be offered as a consideration here, a chapter on the works of Rabelais would certainly take precedence over Joyce, though countless earlier works in English alone, including Beowulfare also full of paronomasianeologistic or otherwise.

By the conclusion of the chapter, the ability of language to hold value is questioned into dismissal simply because it is human beings who must put value there. A Linguistic Introduction to the English Language. Eight appendices round out the book, the most interesting to me being the one on the question of whether an invented language can be owned as in trademarked or copyrighted.