Re: Mentions of Tolkien in David Crystal's books
- I was curious enough about this to go look at the books. I was mildly stunned at how _little_ Crystal has to say about hobbit dialect in his four pages on the subject - Shippey gets whole chapters out of this kind of stuff - but I was amused in the other when he suggests a connection between "mithril" and "Bovril" on the grounds that they're both words derived from invented languages that share an ending rare though not unknown in English. However, he keeps meandering around, out of and then back into his subjects.
--- In email@example.com, WendellWag@... wrote:
> I don't think anyone here has ever mentioned the sections in David Crystal's
> books about Tolkien. Crystal may be the most popular writer on language and
> particularly on the English language writing today, and being a linguistics
> Ph.D. he actually gets the details correct. In the chapter "Dialect in
> Middle Earth" in his book The Stories of English, he talks about the dialectal
> differences of characters in Tolkien's works. In the chapter "A Rash of
> Dermatologists" in his book By Hook or by Crook, he talks about how Tolkien uses
> place names from around the area that he grew up and about how Tolkien uses
> words from Old or Middle English. It's not perhaps new information to people
> who've studied Tolkien's use of language, but it's interesting that Crystal
> finds it important to talk about Tolkien in his books.