473Noldorin and Sindarin phonological development (was Re: _Huorn_)
- Aug 10, 2003I would like to extend Pat's comments with two of my own:
First, a chart of the phonological developments from Primitive Eldarin
to Noldorin or to Sindarin, while certainly useful, would yet be no
substitute for the actual evidence of the languages themselves. Charts
and other like distillations inevitably include hypothesis and gloss
over particular peculiarities and exceptions. For a relatively limited
corpus like those of Noldorin or Sindarin, this can be ameliorated by
inclusion of exhaustive exemplars from the sources; but the result of
doing so would basically just be a reorganization _Etymologies_ and the
few other sources, into a form emphasizing groupings of like
developments. My point being that, since the sources are not all that
extensive, it is not too difficult, if one is not impatient, to find an
example or two showing the path and result(s) of most any phonological
Second, in addition to having what remains the best indices of
Tolkien's languages in _The Lord of the Rings_, _An Introduction to
Elvish_ features a still very useful tabulation of the chief
phonological changes from P.E. to Quenya and to Sindarin (as they stood
at the time of the publication of 2nd ed. of _The Lord of the Rings_),
again as exemplified by the instances of these languages in _The Lord
of the Rings_.
Carl F. Hostetter Aelfwine@... http://www.elvish.org
ho bios brachys, he de techne makre.
Ars longa, vita brevis.
The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.
"I wish life was not so short," he thought. "Languages take such
a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about."
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