At 7/25/02 10:07 AM , John Garth wrote:
>That is why, as an initial stage (which would itself take a very long time),
>no such analysis or forms ought to be included in a Tolkienian linguistic
>database. Surely the best methodology is to gather as much data as possible
>before extrapolating from it.
It's certainly possible for us to simply start loading attested Tolkienian
forms into QH as it stands, and not bother with compounded/coined
(post-Tolkienian) material until later (if at all). Just because the
capability is there doesn't mean we have to use it immediately. However:
>Anyone so inclined could provide analysis and extrapolation elsewhere. That
>way, you would have the most reliable catalogue of the Tolkienian languages
>possible; and elsewhere you would have commentaries plainly distinguishable
>from it, whose authors could take responsibility for their own work.
There is a certain level of utility in having things centralized, and hence
easily searchable through one interface. Granted, this is of no particular
use for the academic community. But for the Quenya-composition folks, it
would be nice to be able to search for attested Tolkienian words *and*
newer coinages all at once. (Also note that QH will display Tolkien's forms
higher up in the results than the non-Tolkien forms, all other things being
equal -- for more details, see the guide to search results in the
documentation. Essentially, it depends on just what the user enters as
search terms, but attestation level is the second-level sort criterion.)
>The process of creating a thesaurus, which _Quettahostanie_ appears
>encompass, seems to me quite alien to the aims of a linguistic catalogue,
>and should also be kept separate.
I'm a bit confused by how QH acts as a thesaurus -- do you mean the listing
of synonyms? I had actually intended that to be a bit more of a research
tool; there are places where it can be useful to compare and contrast
different words that refer to similar or identical things.
"Wind in wings,/Two angels falling
To die like this/With a last kiss..."
--Siouxsie and the
"Face to Face"