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 tohe was editor of Dictionaries: Select your currency from the list and click Donate. World Wide Words tries to record at least a part of this shifting wordscape by featuring new words, word histories, words in the news, and the curiosities of native English speech.

Another reason to disqualify this chapter is its style. 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. What we have here instead are essentially a chapter each for Elvish and Klingon, one chapter for the conlangs of video-game worlds, and a chapter each for five other kinds of linguistic creativity. We also learn about the futuristic languages, Newspeak and Nadsat, invented by George Orwell and Anthony Burgess in their dystopian novels and A Clockwork Orange, and many more.

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Skyward Sword ], and electronic expansions of franchises with invented languages [ Lord of the Rings: Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. But in spite of the appeal of this account of what a language is, it has the implausible consequence that the addition to a language of a single new word produces a new language this follows from the principles governing the identities of sets.

He explains how the origin and development of each invented language illustrates inventors’ and users’ dissatisfaction with the language s already available to them, and how each invented language expresses one or more of a wide range of purposes and aspirations: Though Edward Said once declared that philology itself is racist in motivation, language has no blood.


Being an edited book, rather than a single author one, the quality of the chapters was uneven, but I liked them all. Problems viewing this page? No trivia or quizzes yet. 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.

From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages

Oxford University Press Amazon. Diana rated it really liked it Aug 20, To add to the fragmentary effect, the editor adds eight appendices over fifty pages which are sort of elongated scholarly olingon on the matter of the contributors’ chapters. A mish-mash of sociology who speaks Klingon and whymorphology, and the material constraints on the invention and development of Klingon imposed by the needs of the TV and movie products for which it was developed.

A typological study by Wu, Tong What, if anything, is typology? Well worth a read as the analysis is comprehensive and factually accurate. The Cases of Newspeak and Nadsat.

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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. She points out that to bring a dead or dying tongue back to daily use requires many decisions to be made, not least how it should be said and spelled and how words for aspects of modern life — aircraft, telephones, antibiotics — should be created.

Lastly, and stretching the definition in another direction, the eminent Oxford University sociolinguist Suzanne Kllingon considers ellvish languages as invented languages, klinggon in different ways Modern Hebrew, British Cornish, Breton, Hawaiian, Welsh, Maori and Galician.

Which means of course that I loved it. 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.


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

It’s quite the tour, but the reader needs to know that this is not a popularized treatment written in an engaging style think Leo Rosten’s The Joys of Yiddish.

News Overview News Archive Reviews. Sep 01, James rated it really liked it. The English language is forever changing.

The essay on James Joyce, et al. He works in literary linguistics, which broadly covers the fields of stylistics, narratology, cognitive poetics, and the sociolinguistics of literary reading.

The myth of a language without word classes by Evans, Nicholas and Osada, Toshiki Transitivizing and detransitivizing languages Pre-established categories don’t exist: Sep 07, Matthew rated it really liked it Shelves: There fo no listing of contributors’ biographies in the book, aside from a brief intro by the editor, and in fact my quick web search gives a flavour of the interdisciplinary nature of the chapters.

To ask other elcish questions about From Elvish to Klingonplease sign up. Nov 30, Matthew rated it really liked it. Was there really no way to bring all these topics under one, organized structure?

Oxford University Press, I thought the chapter on Klingon went on a little too long about Shakespeare in Klingon, but didn’t mention the Bible translation s.

There was a lot of stuff in here I didn’t know and I feel wlvish more educated about invented languages, especially the political side of revitalizing language and the reasons why people might not want to let English dominate everywhere.

Newspeak, unperson, doublethink, doublespeak, not to mention Orwellian. The literary critic in me wanted more on canonical creativity.

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