Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Sindarin

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Sindarin Wikipedia[edit]

main page Requests for new languages (Wikipedia Sindarin)
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This decision was taken by the language committee in accordance with the Language proposal policy based on the discussion on this page.

The closing committee member provided the following comment:

constructed language and noone proposes this project.
Proposal summary
  • Language details: Sindarin (Sindarin, sjn ISO 639-3)
  • Editing community: {{{community}}}
    List your user name if you're interested in editing the wiki. Add "N" next to your
    name if you are a native speaker of this language.
  • Relevant pages: [[1]]
  • External links:
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There is a good number of Sindarin speakers around the world and it would form an important community. Besides it has more speakers than, for example, Toki-Pona, and Toki-Pona has it's own Wikipedia.

Arguments in favour[edit]

  • Tolkien himself wrote that The Lord of the Rings was "largely an essay in 'linguistic aesthetic' (The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, p. 220), and writers may want to celebrate the peculiar aesthetic of Tolkien's Elvish. To some it will be an attempt to immerse themselves in the world of Middle-earth. Others will be interested primarily in the languages as such, and try to learn them as some kind of intellectual challenge.
  • Especially after the appearance of the movie The lord of the rings, many people wanted brief "Elvish" inscriptions for rings (often wedding-rings), tattoos and the like. They feel attracted to the magical aura and aesthetic qualities of "Elvish", but may not have a deeper scholarly interest in Tolkien's work. Writers intending to compose longer texts must by necessity penetrate far deeper into the linguistic "lore" relating to Tolkien's languages, here is where a Wikipedia in Eldarin would help writers to establish an open canon of authority to work around the fact that Tolkien often changed his mind about many details.

--Tauiris 07:49, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

Arguments against[edit]

  • Toki Pona does not have a Wikipedia. GerardM 09:08, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
    • Yes it does: [3] Helldrake 22:21 (GMT-03:00), 15 november 2008
      • No it doesn't, it had been closed and the database was locked long ago, best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 00:30, 16 November 2008 (UTC)
      • P.S. It looks like this Wikipedia had been moved to Wikia [4], maybe that would be a good option for the people interested in a Sindarin version too, best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 00:50, 16 November 2008 (UTC)
  • Despite the potential complications, material published by Tolkien himself during his lifetime is regarded as being as close to "definite" or "canonical" Eldarin as one can get. Therefore, Neo-Eldarin efforts are typically based on these texts as the primary normative authority. As for the LotR samples, the Second Edition forms are preferred where they differ from the First Edition.
  • But the information that can be extracted from these few samples is in no way sufficient to reconstruct a grammar that could support even a semi-functional language. Other Tolkien material, never published in his lifetime, is therefore considered as well. The fact that this material often contradicts itself is problematic from the viewpoint of researchers trying to formulate definite grammatical rules. The normal approach is to adopt forms and details of grammar that these researchers hold to be compatible with the samples of "Elvish" contained in the LotR.
  • Plus, the occasional publication of hitherto unknown Tolkien material may cause Neo/Eldarin writers to revise the conventions they have been using: Since Eldarin grammar is reconstructed from a very limited corpus, the appearance of even a few new lines of Tolkien-made Eldarin text may sometimes significantly shift the balance of the evidence.

--Tauiris 07:50, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

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