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Re: CHAT: language and politics (was CHAT: conlangs and mental illness)

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Friday, May 14, 1999, 23:32
On Sat, 15 May 1999 00:21:01 +0100 Boudewijn Rempt
<bsarempt@...> writes:
>In my own concultural world Andal, any civilized person needs at least >five languages, of which they might think that three are just one >language. (I've just put up a conversation between a girl learning her >fourth language and her teacher on >
>Boudewijn Rempt | >
The Rokbeigalm know of three languages: Rokbeigalmki, Kwendiki, and Peniki. Rokbeigalmki is the language of the original human nomadic tribe who make up the bulk of the population. Kwendiki is (Tolkienic, of course) Proto-Elven. Peniki is Nandorin, the language of the Telerin elves from the Anduin Valley / Mirkwood area. All Rokbeigalmkidhm, human, elven, and mixed, speak Rokbeigalmki. All of the elves, a high percentage of the mixeds, and most humans speak at least one Elven language as well. Most of the elves (especially the older ones) speak all three languages. There are more Kwendiki-speakers than Peniki-speakers, which has led to the absorbtion of more Proto-Elven words into Rokbeigalmki than Nandorin words. The "official" language is'd be rare to find someone using an elven language during a meeting of a Council of Elders or a life-cycle ceremony, although there's no stigma attached. It'd just be considered "slightly weird". The reason that they don't know of any others is because they live far away from everyone else in Middle-Earth. Although they may have had contact with the Numenoreans, i'm not sure yet. Btw, for some reason i've always pronounced "Numenor" as [nu'mjEnOr]. Stiigiyus knows about other languages, though...he speaks, in addition to Rokbeigalmki and Kwendiki, the Beorning language, Sindarin, the language of Beorn's Kin, and a little bit of Adunaic. -Stephen (Steg) _ , bre'davidh tze ktish, ozii-elyeb, ozii-elyeb i ozii-dagair amsh! , _ ___________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]