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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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    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 theLord of the Rings movie series.

    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.

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    ISBN 9780874809121
    Genre LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
    Format Paperback
    Pages 438
    Publisher Date 2007-04-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Univ of Utah Pr
    Copyright Year 2004
    Height 9.0 in
    Wdth 6.0 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 1.32 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Grammar of an Elvish Language from J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Salo, David
    Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
    Country of Origin United States

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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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