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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As with such words as clearobscure Joycecollapsion Beckettand Acacacacademy Muldoonthe writers toy with the sounds, forms, and etymological semantics of words in order to grant their words poetic slippage. For example, the predominantly rural and aging native speakers of languages like Hawaiian or Breton usually speak languages heavily permeated with loan words anathema to the educated young enthusiasts and are likely to be unwelcoming of an alien new ‘standard’ that tries to iron-out local variations.

Oct 21, Bab rated it really liked it.

This work will give readers with a serious interest in invented and revitalised languages a good grounding in the issues involved. Some parts were very interesting, and they certainly make you gasp in astonishment at Tolkien’s achievement.

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News Overview News Archive Reviews. Aug 02, Stewart rated it really liked it. Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America. Volume 16 Issue 3 Augpp. Each chapter explores a different category of “invented language,” whether it be the aesthetic genius of Elvish or elvush political ramifications of universalized languages.

Revitalized Languages as Invented Languages by Suzanne Romaine The final chapter looks at language continuation, renewal, revival, and resurrection – in the cases of Gaelic, Welsh, Cornish, and Breton – as well as language regulation. Lindoula rated it really liked it Nov 26, Why are they invented?

From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages

Very few people, ho any, have matched that in terms of creating a language for the pleasure of it and creating a way for other people to enjoy it. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. This is a staggering amount of material to address in a single, thirty-six-page chapter—too much, it turns out. Klinton are brief rundowns on the essays, and a general comment after that: Oct 19, Rich rated it really liked it.


Perhaps this is because every section of the book felt so isolated from First the good comments: Like the previous chapter, there is attention to technical detail, but it is focused and much more sparing, relegated for the most part to phonology.

In Adams’s own words, “The origin and development of each invented language illustrates its inventor’s sense of language, what it is, and what it should do, in linguistic and historical terms; each also implies its inventors’ and users’ dissatisfactions with the language s already available to them” 3.

The potential for splittist factions who compete to gain ownership of a language is always present; Cornish has several, which led in to the county offices in Camborne trying to accommodate all parties by using four different spellings of the Cornish word for welcome in different places within the building. The last, by Suzanne ,lingon, takes a different line; she investigates natural languages that have been revitalised in recent times, including Hawaiian, Irish, Breton Cornish and Hebrew.

Diana rated it really liked it Aug 20, He is the author of Slayer Slang: Some pseudo-philosophical reflections on language-games and descriptions of various languages associated with video games. Sep 07, Matthew rated it really liked it Shelves: The chapter is nevertheless excellent in that it invites much greater examination of its subject without seeming to neglect it. Used by many, this chapter explores the speech community of ‘Trekkies’, klinfon other science fiction vocabularies.

From Elvish to Klingon: The chapter does not belong in this collection. This last made me aware of a lot of problems I had not previously thought about. And I have to say, this book was like a megaphone for my more nerdy qualities. Tolkien, and a great many others are part of its legacy, and it is certainly not difficult in the modern day to find those who believe the Old English language was ruined—at least, aesthetically—by the invasion of the Froom Normans.


An excellent, serious account of the attempts to create languages to facilitate communication either worldwide or in some restricted part of the world. Mythcon Mythcon Overview Current Mythcon. The chapter on languages in games was rather As he states in his introductory chapter, “Each expresses one or more among a wide range of purposes and aspirations—political, social, aesthetic, intellectual, and technological New words appear; old ones fall out of use or alter their meanings.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In the end, however, these scattered merits are hard-pressed to redeem the collection thematically. Lastly, and stretching the definition in another direction, the eminent Oxford University sociolinguist Suzanne Romaine considers revitalised languages as invented languages, including in different ways Modern Hebrew, British Cornish, Breton, Hawaiian, Welsh, Maori and Galician.

If not, then I had to force myself through it twice — once in the chapters and second in elviwh extended appendices. 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. There’s some interesting stuff, but for the most part it’s too technical and scholarly to be an enjoyable read.

How are languages invented?

Volume 20 Issue 3 Decpp. Oxford University Press, A Linguistic Introduction to the English Language. The book explores all aspects of invented languages–their unique grammar, vocabulary, and usage–and includes fascinating analysis of sample dialogues and expressions. Many of the positions the authors choose to elaborate—that, for example, Sindarin grammar displays features similar to Welsh and all attested Celtic languages, it could have been addedor that Tolkien felt wlvish to be inherently beautiful or ugly—have been reiterated over the decades.