A Gateway to Sindarin: A Grammar of an Elvish Language from J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (Paperback)
 
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A Gateway to Sindarin: A Grammar of an Elvish Language from J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (Paperback)

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    From the 1910s to the 1970s, author and linguist J. R. R. Tolkien worked at creating plausibly realistic languages to be used by the creatures and characters in his novels. Like his other languages, Sindarin was a new invention, not based on......more

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From the 1910s to the 1970s, author and linguist J. R. R. Tolkien worked at creating plausibly realistic languages to be used by the creatures and characters in his novels. Like his other languages, Sindarin was a new invention, not based on any existing or artificial language. By the time of his death, he had established fairly complete descriptions of two languages, the "elvish" tongues Quenya and Sindarin. He was able to compose poetic and prose texts in both, and he also constructed a lengthy sequence of changes for both from an ancestral "proto-language," comparable to the development of historical languages and capable of analysis with the techniques of historical linguistics.

In A Gateway to Sindarin, David Salo has created a volume that is a serious look at an entertaining topic. Salo covers the grammar, morphology, and history of the language. Supplemental material includes a vocabulary, Sindarin names, a glossary of terms, and an annotated list of works relevant to Sindarin. What emerges is an homage to Tolkien's scholarly philological efforts.

David Salo is a doctoral candidate in linguistics at the University of Wisconsin. He was the primary linguistic consultant to film director Peter Jackson for the Lord of the Rings movie series.

Author:
Salo, David
Genre:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
438
Language:
English
Publisher:
Univ of Utah Pr
Publish Date:
04/01/2007
Copyright Year:
2004
ISBN:
9780874809121
Height:
9.0 in
Wdth:
6.0 in
Thickness:
1.0 in
Unit weight:
1.32 lb
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  • Beyond a typical "book" for the masses

    This book is quite detailed; To get the most out of it you would need to have Linguistic expertise. It is much more of a book on the college level. Getting into even explaining the "tonal" aspects of how to pronounce the different dialects. It includes a Sindarin to English dictionary and a English to Sindarin dictionary and much more. This book went way beyond my expectations: now I'm ready for grade school level type of book, as well as a possible voice app tool like Duolingo-now that would be outstanding.

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