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
The Rokbeigalm know of three languages: Rokbeigalmki, Kwendiki, and
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
The "official" language is Rokbeigalmki....it'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.
_ , bre'davidh tze ktish, ozii-elyeb, ozii-elyeb i ozii-dagair amsh! , _
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