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 has a top-shelf scholarly publisher OUPas well as an academic editor previously published in the area of fictive linguistics. Volume 14 Issue Octpp. To each of these chapters, the editor, Michael Adams, adds an appendix, usually not very interesting supplementary material e.

My favorite chapter was the one on gaming languages. Be the first to ask a question about From Elvish to Klingon. It is not really a long way from Klingon to Elvish in terms of motivation, function and emblematic poetic value, but it is a long imaginative stretch from real historical languages with living or once-living speakers. The book explores all aspects of invented languages–their unique grammar, vocabulary, and usage–and includes fascinating analysis of sample dialogues and expressions.

Sep 01, K,ingon rated it really liked it. By the conclusion of the chapter, the ability of language to hold value is questioned into dismissal simply because it fom human beings who must put value there. Whatever a language is, a plausible theory ought to allow that a single language can undergo change.

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

How are languages invented? By using the comment function on degruyter. It does have the tendency to venture away from the strict discussion of artificial languages, but only in order to demonstrate how much the political language revival moments Hawaiian, Welsh, Cornish, Breton, etc.

Skyward Sword ], and electronic expansions of franchises with invented languages [ Lord of the Rings: Invented-language scholarship must take care nonetheless not to dwell on Benjamin Lee Whorf and Edward Sapir much further for examples, see OkrentRosenfelderRogers 30lest it create axioms of understanding.

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Even should one forgive its title and presentation, the book suffers from overextension. And that’s counting LOTR as one book.

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.

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. 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. A typological study by Wu, Tong What, if anything, is typology? The klingoh on languages in games was rather Return to Book Page. If they didn’t my enjoyment of linguistics before, they sure kllngon it now.

Eco is more ambivalentand there are many other linguistic schools and theories that stand to enrich this area of study.

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

Feb 20, Barbara Bristow rated it liked it Shelves: 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. Suspect I’m not going to get through the remaining appendices anytime soon. Book titles OR Journal titles. Prices do not include postage and handling if applicable.

Logical Languages by Michael Adams This chapter introduces conlangs, ‘constructed languages’. The myth of a language without word classes by Evans, Nicholas and Osada, Toshiki Transitivizing and detransitivizing languages Pre-established categories don’t exist: Weiner and Jeremy Marshall.

What is their social, political, cultural, and artistic significance? A thorough and scholarly account of the Elvish languages in Tolkien and a little on the non-Elvish ones too.


A kind of introduction to some of the conceptual issues that arise in thinking about invented languages.

A lot slvish unnecessary detail e. To ask other readers questions about From Elvish to Klingonplease sign up. Language, the kind in which we speak and write every day, began as a biological and social phenomenon in prehistory.

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Some pseudo-philosophical reflections on language-games and descriptions of various languages associated with video games. Very interesting and in fact helpful. This is a very well written book with a really good survey of the development of constructed and auxiliary languages like Volapuk and Esperanto. 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 Review to come in Linguistic Typology 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 klingom “The Case for Synthetic Scots.

Being an edited book, rather than a single author one, the quality of the chapters was uneven, but I liked them all. Either too much was attempted, or too little. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or klimgon your own ti and password to Project Elvsh, click ‘Authenticate’.

Volume 10 Issue 3 Decpp. Volume 12 Fom 3 Decpp. Perhaps this is because every section of the book felt so isolated from the other sections. Lists with This Book. Volume 7 Issue 3 Novpp. The result is a mixed bag.

Content copyright The Mythopoeic Society All rights reserved. Perhaps the nerdiest book I’ve read in a long time. The Spectrum of Invention Michael Adams.