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Geek culture is filled with invented languages. Some are just alluded to in movies and novels, others are fairly well developed and then expounded upon by devoted fans.
But the linguistics of these inventions fascinate many of us, and understanding a word or two in these languages surely helps one's geek cred. From Elvish to Klingon is a series of chapters put together by editor Michael Adams, each one delving deeply into a specific topic, including Tolkien's languages, Klingon, Newspeak from Nineteen Eighty-Four , Nadsat from A Clockwork Orange , gaming language, created languages such as Esperanto and languages that are being brought back into more common usage such as Hawaiian.
Not a dictionary of terms, this book instead looks at the construction of words, the origin of roots and how the languages were developed. Their background, as well as plenty of references of use, are explained.
And, in the case of revitalized languages, the book looks at how the languages are each being brought back. In addition, the appendix even contains a partial translation of Hamlet in the original Klingon.
It also includes a glossary of what they call gamer slang. It's a great read for linguists and those who want to learn more about the languages from geek culture, literature and elsewhere. Note: I received a copy of the book for review purposes. Armchair Geek Books J.
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From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages
For a man who has written a Buffy the Vampire Slayer lexicon, Michael Adams puts together a pretty academic volume. He and his fellow-contributors range from the Bible to Esperanto to alien-speak in computer games. JRR Tolkien invented more languages than most polyglots can speak, crafting several types of Elvish, not to mention dwarf-talk and Mordor-mumble. To him, inventing a language, and the history of the folk who would have spoken it, was an art form. Klingon was born more prosaically. As Trekkie readers will know, one of the Klingons had a few largely inaudible lines in the first Star Trek film.
Learn About Invented Languages, From Elvish to Klingon
Suspect I'm not going to get through the remaining appendices anytime soon. As ever with a collection of essays, some high points and some low points. The chapter on languages in games was rather Read full review. Account Options Sign in. My library Help Advanced Book Search. View eBook.