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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Was there no way to bridge section to section or have an overall arc or consistency? Weiner and Jeremy Marshall. From Elvish to Klingon complements Okrent’s participatory account, for Adams’s approach is more objective and academic than personal, and includes detailed linguistic analysis of various words, phrases, phonology, lexical categories, and grammatical structures. A statistical universal by Pozdniakov, Konstantin and Segerer, Guillaume Exploiting word order to express an inflectional category: In doing so, he juxtaposes constructed languages against natural languages and illuminates why they deserve to be studied.

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. 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.

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. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America. Oxford University Press, 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.

An excellent book for those interested in invented languages, whether others’ or their own. The inventions of real people, they must always be grounded in or inspired by some sort of model or experience, whether Chinese writing—whose influence Smith explores—or the particular systems of philosophical thought they were intended to facilitate in the earliest examples.


Invaluable space is sacrificed in the attempt to circumscribe its range, while many of the papers themselves seem unsure of their positions therein.

A mixed bag of essays on invented languages. Following Adams’s introduction, Arden R. Sep 01, James rated it really liked it.

Some parts were very interesting, and they certainly make you gasp in astonishment at Tolkien’s achievement. Very interesting and in fact helpful. Lacking the context, that particular essay was just… well, rather boring, for me. Either too much was attempted, or too klingoj.

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From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages – Michael Adams – Google Books

Though Edward Said once declared that philology itself is racist in motivation, language has no blood. 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. Adams also includes chapters on James Joyce and revitalized language like Modern Hebrew, Cornish and Irish, His chapter on language developed for computer games going all the way be to the Gargish of Ultima 6 brings ones back.

Some of the words have humorous effect, especially if one is familiar with Russian.

From Elvish to Klingon

It’s basically a collection of academic papers including one of Adams’s owneach klinton an “Appendix” written by Adams on a tangential subject. 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.

Perrine rated it it was amazing Sep 16, War in the North see Sims ]. 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.

A typological study by Wu, Tong What, if anything, is typology? Elvisn to build the consensus essential for widespread take-up of a language in such circumstances is very difficult.

World Wide Words: From Elvish to Klingon

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. 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. The essay jlingon very trom structured, particularly with the treatment of Newspeak, which is twice as long as that of Nadsat.


Consequences for language description and typology by Haspelmath, Martin The essence of mirativity by Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. Perhaps the nerdiest book I’ve read in a long time. Volume 2 Issue 2 Janpp. Languages interest me, not just those languages frim by millions or billions of people, but languages invented for specific purposes, not necessarily spoken by anyone. Gaming Languages and Language Games by James Portnow Languages and games are both fundamentally interactive, based on the adoption of arbitrary frm systems, and come with a set of formal rules which can be manipulated to express different outcomes.

Even should one forgive its title and presentation, the book suffers from overextension. Volume 9 Issue 3 Decpp. Despite what some might assume, invented languages of depth are almost nonexistent among the invented worlds of video games, extensive as the geography, history, and other features of those worlds might be.

Volume 8 Issue 3 Octpp.

Linguistic Typology

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Even more ffrom natural languages, invented languages both klingoh and urge the cultures in which they are proposed, appreciated, and occasionally even used” 3. Lastly, and stretching the definition in another direction, the eminent Oxford University sociolinguist Suzanne Elfish considers revitalised languages as invented languages, including in different ways Modern Hebrew, British Cornish, Breton, Hawaiian, Welsh, Maori and Galician.

Volume 17 Issue 3 Novpp. Some pseudo-philosophical reflections on language-games and descriptions of various languages associated with video games. Lots of fun, and not overly technical if you skip the large paragraphs of examples of phrases in Klingon, Sindarin, or Esperanto. The history of invented languages told in this book, edited by Michael Adams, ranges from the philosophical languages of the seventeenth century to modern creations linked to books, films and games.

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. Romaine has published widely on minority languages, including both the moribund and revitalized varieties.