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Re: Quenya Wikibook

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 20:32

On Wed, 28 Feb 2007 16:03:27 +1300, andrew wrote:

> On Wednesday 28 February 2007 9:20 am, Jörg Rhiemeier wrote: > > Hallo! > > > > There is a similar controvery about the attempts at the revival of > > Cornish; the Cornish revivalists use similar methods as the > > reconstructionist Quendianists, and besides there being different > > reconstructions of Cornish ("Common Cornish", "Unified Cornish", > > "Unified Cornish Revised", etc.), there are scholars who say that > > revived Cornish is not true Cornish. > > > I was thinking of the same analogy myself. The next initiative should > be a Reformed Neo-Elvish that incorporates Hostetter's criticisms.
Well, Hostetter is the equivalent of those who say that revived Cornish wasn't Cornish.
> Where is Pannini when we need him?! > > Of course way more fun is to biff Tolkien and invent your own language.
And very much so! As you perhaps know, Albic began as Nur-ellen, a descendant of Sindarin, but I was soon frustrated by the incompleteness of the latter, and also put off by the flamefest I saw on the Elfling mailing list over matters of reconstruction, especially whether reconstruction was legitimate or not. These problems, together with copyright concerns and various features I wanted to work into my language but could not justify in a descendant of Sindarin, caused me to sever the link between Tolkien's Elvish and my Elvish. After all, the world of the British Elves isn't Middle-earth, and the British Elves are not Tolkienian Elves. It was the one and only thing I could do to make up my own language independently from Tolkien's languages. I have no eggs to fry in the "purist vs. reconstructionist" pan. Tolkien's beautiful languages do not deserve such treatment. ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf