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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Two languages of gamers themselves are also considered: He is the author of Slayer Slang: Chapter 5 details the phenomenon of the Star Trek language Klingon, written by its inventor, linguist Mark Okrand, with sociolinguists Judith Hendriks-Hermans and Sjaak Kroon, and the editor Michael Adams, who himself is primarily a specialist in the history of the English language at Indiana University.

Who are their users? The book examines languages like Esperanto, created to be a world language and to promote world peace.

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. This last made me aware of klingkn lot of problems I had not previously thought about.

Written by a variety of expert scholars and linguaphiles, From Elvish to Klingon is both informative and accessible, and offers something for uninitiated novices, fluent mlingon of invented languages, and everyone in between.

Gaming Languages and Language Games by James Portnow Languages and games are both fundamentally interactive, based on the adoption of arbitrary sign systems, and come with a set of formal rules which can be manipulated to express different outcomes. If I was interested in the topic, I’d fly through a chapter. Zamenhof, who was fluent in several languages.


Selected pages Title Page. 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 wlvish and the reasons why people might not want to let English dominate everywhere.

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

The articles in the appendix as well as the chapters themselves are equipped with bibliographies that provide many further avenues for exploration. Dec 04, Rich Daley rated it liked it. The result is a mixed bag. The title is perhaps misleading as this has greater academic weight and thoroughness than might be expected; although at times this depth wanted for some graphical representation of complex ideas to allow the discussion to unpick what was interesting free of exhaustive an exhausting lists of features e.

I am a language nerd and I still found a chapter or two a bit tedious. vrom

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And the sociolinguist in me wanted more factual accounts of language extension and promotion. But a lot of this is not of much interest unless you are klinngon into morphology. Mar 27, Kamal rated it it was amazing.

The science fiction fan in me wanted more on Babel, Marain, Ragi, Fremen, Qwghlmian, Utopian, Laadan and other other-worldly languages. To each of these chapters, the editor, Michael Adams, adds an appendix, usually not very interesting supplementary material e.

Although it Languages interest me, not just those languages spoken by millions or billions of people, but languages invented for specific purposes, not necessarily spoken by anyone. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Its key innovation, which is also its main flaw, is in trying to arrange all forms of invented languages on a very long and sometimes tenuous spectrum.


From Elvish to Klingon – Tolkien Gateway

Jan 10, Agatha rated it liked it Shelves: 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. Tolkien, the fifteen languages he created are considered in the context of evlish languages of other kinds. Klinngonpages. Smith a noted Tolkien scholar provides a fascinating survey of international auxiliary languages from the last four centuries, connecting their structural features with the motives The parameters of the title, Elvish and Klingon, imply a survey of conlangs constructed languages invented for fictional worlds, of which there are a great many out there for a basic survey, see Rogers.

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Very few people, if any, have matched that in terms of creating a language for the pleasure of it and creating elfish way for other people to enjoy it. Mythcon Mythcon Overview Current Mythcon. While Klingon is the most developed single language, the linguistic dimension of the franchise has grown steadily from the days of the universal translator as a mere stopgap, so much so that Hoshi Sato of the most recent series, Star Trek: 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 too the elish.