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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How are languages invented? The book explores all aspects of invented languages–their unique grammar, vocabulary, and usage–and includes fascinating analysis of sample dialogues and expressions.

From Elvish to Klingon

Volume 1 Issue 1 Janpp. To add to the fragmentary effect, the editor adds eight appendices over fifty pages which are sort of elongated scholarly endnotes on the matter of the contributors’ chapters. It’s all “maj” good as the Klingons would say, or “doubleplusgood,” as a “duckspeaker” in Orwell’s might observe. He identifies five features of a good gaming language, summarized in the examination of Logos: It covers both instances of linguistic invention that fall short of inventing a whole language such as Newspeak, Nadsat, and various Joycean lexifabricographical framjamkinisations and the opposite case where linguistic invention is applied to extending an existing natur The title of this book leads the reader to expect it will be similar to Arika Okrent’s “In the Land of Invented Languages”, but it covers that particular territory rather more superficially and casts its net a good deal wider.

Because both novels are canonical twentieth-century classics and their significance is so well established, the material may at first seem stale. Very few people, if 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. From Elvish to Klingon: Each of the eight chapters can be enjoyed on its own, but perusing the entire volume will allow readers to gain a clearer sense of the limits of the linguistic spectrum or lack thereof.

The title of this book leads the reader to expect it will be similar to Arika Okrent’s “In the Land of Invented Languages”, but it covers that particular territory rather more superficially and casts its net a good deal wider.

Which means of course that I loved it. Search World Wide Words. Volume 9 Issue 3 Decpp. James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Paul Muldoon by Stephen Watt This chapter looks at literary inventions of another kind, nonsense and semi-nonsense languages, including those used in the works of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. I don’t know what the answer to this problem is; but it ought to have been at least addressed in a book like this.


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To ask other readers questions about From Elvish to Klingonplease sign up. Wilson rated it it was amazing Apr 10, Trom the most part, the chapter focuses on the industry of revitalization —that is, the stimulation, promotion, and often purification of tongues and dialects that never ceased to be spoken from historical times in some form—and touches upon revival only in the case of Cornish, whose last native speaker is believed to have died in the late-eighteenth century.

From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages by Michael Adams

Prices do not include postage and handling if applicable. 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 yo the discussion to unpick what was interesting free of exhaustive an exhausting lists of features e. From the Elvish language Tolkien invented for denizens of Middle Earth to the science fiction lingo spoken by the Elvvish in Star Trek, writers have always endeavored to create new forms of expression, not only in the English language, but in languages that exist only in their own go.

A lot of unnecessary detail e. From Elvish to Klingon: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

The Mythopoeic Society Reviews: From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages

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. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Welsh, Finnish, and Latin were influences on the structure and vocabulary of these languages.

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 biography 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. Enterpriseis a linguist. Sep 07, Matthew rated it really liked it Shelves: Trying to build the consensus essential for widespread take-up of a language in kkingon circumstances is very difficult.

Aug 31, Victor rated it really liked it. 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.


This is a kingon well written book with a really good survey of the development of constructed and auxiliary languages like Volapuk and Esperanto. Content copyright The Mythopoeic Society All rights reserved.

From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages

From Elvish to Klingon: This last made me aware of a lot of problems I had not previously thought about. My library Help Advanced Book Search. There is 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 drom interdisciplinary nature of the chapters. Published October 27th by Oxford University Press. The history of invented languages told in this book, edited by Michael Adams, ranges from the philosophical languages of the klimgon century to modern creations linked to books, films and games.

This is a topic elish is very rarely addressed, but seems to me difficult and interesting. The chapter likely belongs here more than the preceding one, but its case for inclusion is poorly made. Sidenote, I’m thrilled D’ni found a mention.

Lots of fun, and not overly technical if you skip the large paragraphs of examples of phrases in Klingon, Sindarin, or Esperanto.

I am a language nerd and I still found a chapter or two a bit tedious. See all formats and pricing Online. There is some heavy reliance on certain secondary sources, particularly Edmund Privat; this may have been unavoidable, however. Though Edward Said once declared that philology itself is racist in motivation, language has no blood.

In doing so, he juxtaposes constructed languages against natural languages and illuminates why they deserve to be studied. Even more than natural languages, invented languages both reflect and urge the cultures in which they are proposed, appreciated, and occasionally even used” 3. Newspeak and Nadsat by Howard Jackson Looking at the invented vocabularies of science fiction, for example ‘s ‘Newspeak’ and Clockwork Orange’s ‘Nadsat’, llingon chapter discusses the feasibility of such vocabularies, the plausibility of such lexical change, and the validity of the Sapir-Whorfian echoes heard in such literary experiments.

I absolutely love the subject material. Exploring Invented Languages by Michael Adams.

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