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  • William Cloud Hicklin
    Jul 9, 2007
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      --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, John D Rateliff
      <sacnoth@...> wrote:
      >
      > Perhaps it would have been more accurate for him to
      have written
      "one
      > of the most widely KNOWN invented languages", since
      a great many
      > people know about it and may even have some idea
      how it looks and
      > sounds, but they can't actually read or write it.
      So its
      recognition
      > threshold is high, though its mastery is extremely
      low.


      Fair enough, but the column's reference to 'speaking'
      or 'knowing' or 'knowing of' the language "Elvish" is
      simply ignorance. One can't, even in theory, speak
      "Elvish" any more than one could speak Romance, or
      Finno-Ugric.
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