Announcing _Tengwestië_, the online journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship
- Today it is my great pleasure to announce _Tengwestië_, a new, online
journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship:
This journal's name is the Quenya term for 'Language', as a general
concept and topic (as opposed to _tengwesta_, the term for an
individual linguistic system). The title was chosen to reflect the
broadness of the subject of this journal, which like the print journals
of the E.L.F., _Parma Eldalamberon_ and _Vinyar Tengwar_, and its
e-mail discussion forum, the _Lambengolmor_ list, is intended as a
forum for the scholarly study of Tolkien's invented art-languages. The
common goal of its readers and contributors is to explore all aspects
of Tolkien's art-languages, through all the shifting course of
Tolkien's lifelong conceptualization and presentation of them, and
through all the stages of historical development that Tolkien created
for them. We believe that Tolkien's art-languages, at all stages of
their development, both internal and external, are worthy of study in
their own right, as the lifelong intellectual and aesthetic production
of a master philologist and author, and separate from any concerns of
utility or synthetic systemitization.
To this end, which we believe to be the proper concern of Tolkienian
linguistics as a scholarly endeavor, _Tengwestië_ eschews all efforts
aimed at obscuring either the differences or similarities of Tolkien's
languages across the stages of their conceptual development, and all
prescriptive approaches or assertions regarding their supposed degrees
of "usefulness" or "maturity" (terms that have no place in lingusitics
or scholarship). Instead, our aim and method is purely descriptive,
accepting all the information that Tolkien provided concerning his
art-languages, comprising both the attested and hypothetical forms and
grammatical devices he invented for them and his own descriptions of
their nature, features, and processes, at face value, and as equally
valid, valuable, and interesting; and basing all our exploration,
discussion, and claims upon this evidence.
The _Tengwestië_ site is designed and coded in strict conformance with
the open standards of the World Wide Web Consortium, including
validated XHTML Strict markup and CSS styling. The degree to which your
browser supports these standards will determine how well the articles
and other pages will display. For information regarding the system
requirements for the site, and on obtaining a PDF version of each
article published in _Tengwestië_, see:
I thank you for your interest in _Tengwestië_, and hope that you will
join us in our exploration.
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."