Saturday, February 23, 2013

Learning Created Languages

For me, the most surprising part about Thursday’s class discussion was when I found out that some schools actually offer elvish language classes. Sure, I know that there are groups out there for learning Quenya, Klingon, Na’vi, etc. . . . but an elvish course? Why do you suppose that learning created languages is becoming more popular? Does being able to hear the language in a movie or TV show make it more appealing to learn than say, only being able to read it in a book?          
In case you’re curious, here is a link to some Quenya materials on the University of Bergen’s website: http://www.uib.no/en/search?q=Quenya&fromarea=&sort=text&x=0&y=0

2 comments:

Richard Wentworth said...

Maybe it's because "nerdy" things are becoming more mainstream? Certainly, with the Internet, it's much easier to find other people who are interested in the same things you are.

Learning a language is something (I think) one wouldn't want to do by oneself. So being able to find communities now of people who are interested in created languages is a big help.

Dragon lady said...

I am more curious about how they actualy learn the language. For instance in spanish you learn tenses grammar functions endings mood let alone vocabulary. How do people learn the grammar for these made up languages. For instance in elvish did tolkien leave a list of endings or tense forms with the irregularities? It would be an incredible task to induce all of these from the language itself.