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
> 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.
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