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Re: Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages

From:Donald Boozer <donaldboozer@...>
Date:Sunday, February 8, 2009, 3:20
I would concur with the sentiments below. I made sure to buy the book for my
library (i.e., the one I work in) when I was in the Literature & Language
department. One of its selling points is that there aren't that many (or any)
books covering "fictional and fantastic languages" out there. According to
Amazon: It should be noted that this book is thus far the only one with the
Library of Congress subject heading "Imaginary languages--Encyclopedias." So,
the fact that this is a unique resource makes it valuable for library
collections. However, as a purchase for a personal library, I would wait. Use
WorldCat to
find a library near you to get a look at it. Personally, I would like to have
seen it also include some "well known" constructed artlangs (like Ithkuil,
Brythonic, or Verdurian).

> ------------------------------ > > Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 21:40:19 +0100 > From: =?iso-8859-1?q?J=F6rg_Rhiemeier?= > <joerg_rhiemeier@...> > Subject: Re: Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic > Languages > > Hallo! > > On Fri, 6 Feb 2009 11:17:48 -0500, Israel Noletto wrote: > > > Does anyone know this book Encyclopedia of Fictional > and Fantastic (By Tim > > Conley, Stephen Cain, Ursula K. Le Guin; ISBN > 9780313331886) Languages? Is > > it worth buying? How many and which conlangs does it > present? > > The local university library has it, and I have read it. I > was > a bit disappointed - it is not the fat cover-all volume one > might > expect from its title, and it does not give much > information about > the individual languages (so don't expect grammar > sketches!). > > It does list not only well-elaborated languages such as > Quenya, > Sindarin or Klingon, but also many languages that are > mentioned in > works of fiction but never actually worked out by either > the author > or anyone else. It also does not cover languages from the > Internet > conlanging scene, only languages from more or less > well-known novels, > films, etc. (including some 18th and 19th century works). > It gives > web addresses of pages about many of the languages > mentioned; > however, many of those links are dead by now :( > > I'd say that $75 ( is a way too high price > for this > 272-page book. Not that it was a bad book, for $25 I'd > buy it, > but $75 is out of the question. > > ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf