18440Re: [mythsoc] Medieval studies
- Jul 6, 2007John Gravois, the author of the article linked to, writes:
"Elvish, a language created by Tolkien, is one of the most widely
spoken invented languages — along with Esperanto and Klingon."
Let's see: Esperanto is spoken by between 100,000 and 2 million
people (according to Wikipedia). Klingon is probably spoken (slowly,
I'm sure; as opposed to simply being written, slowly) by no more than
a few dozen people. And precisely no one speaks "Elvish", either
Quenya or Sindarin (not even Tolkien could do so casually).
"Elvish" can certainly be classified with Klingon in terms of _the
number of people who study it_ (but can't actually speak it
casually). But both are surely dwarfed by even the most conservative
estimate of those who actually can and do speak Esperanto.
On Jul 6, 2007, at 11:18 PM, WendellWag@... wrote:
> Here's an article from _The Chronicle of Higher Education_ on
> importance to modern medieval studies:
> Wendell Wagner
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