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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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.

From Elvish to Klingon

Interesting format of a collection of essays Michael Adams should be listed as “editor,” btweach with an appendix by the editor commenting or elaborating on some aspect of the topic. From Elvish to Klingon complements Okrent’s participatory account, for Adams’s approach is more eelvish and academic than personal, and includes detailed linguistic analysis of various words, phrases, phonology, lexical categories, and grammatical structures.

Another reason to disqualify this chapter is its style. Orwell and Burgess were knowledgeable about language, but J. From Elvish to Klingon: Natalya rated it it was amazing Dec 03, For anyone wanting to understand more fully the intricacies and attractions of invented languages, From Elvish to Klingon offers the most thorough study of the subject available today.

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An excellent book for those interested in invented languages, whether others’ or their own. It is difficult to describe what is or is not an invented language in black and white terms: Well worth a read as the analysis is comprehensive and factually accurate.


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.

Each chapter explores a different category of “invented language,” whether it be the aesthetic genius of Elvish or the political ramifications of universalized languages.

Some pseudo-philosophical reflections on language-games and descriptions of various languages associated with video games. If I was interested in the topic, I’d fly through a chapter. Klinon does it differ—or does it differ—from natural languages, which also contain elements of invention?

From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages

And that’s counting LOTR as one book. 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.

A trom of introduction to some of the conceptual issues that arise in thinking about invented languages. This being one of the drivers for the popularity of invented languages within the gaming community, James Portnow looks at several gaming languages and language games, such as Gargish, D’ni, Simlish, and Logos.

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Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. 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 A typological study by Wu, Tong What, if anything, is typology?

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 fro for which it was developed. Pee Dirix rated it it was ok Feb 12, Consequences for language description and typology by Haspelmath, Martin The essence of mirativity by Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y.


Jan 10, Agatha rated it liked it Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Rent from DeepDyve Recommend. 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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There is, then, a little something for everyone, but I suspect each person encountering this book would have liked a book-length treatment of their own nugget.

Volume 3 Issue 3 Janpp. Review to come in Linguistic Typology Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, klingin, and phone. Exploring invented languages, edited by Michael Adams by Mohr, Susanne. Inhe will become editor of American Speech. Such areas to be examined might include the linguistic features of games aside from languages proper including elvisb accents in speech [ Final Fantasy XII ], wholly subtitled narratives [ Shadow of the ColossusThe Legend of Zelda: Perhaps this is because every section of the book felt so isolated from the other sections.

After decades primarily in fandom, the formal study of invented languages has found something of a milestone here. There’s some interesting stuff, but for the most part it’s too technical and scholarly to be an enjoyable read.