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Jun 16, 2016 (11:22)
Tavar ya ece len *loicene rá calca
Nolmor autier vinya erma lo vistale tavaro. *Ápente tavar *laimye piryassen andave, epetai i erma 'lignin' ya anta tavaren *quíleya autane tavar ya olane *tercenima; ta púler *himbasáva sanna. I vinya tercenima tavar ná *antermarima yo amba *úrevarima lá calca, ar cé *empanyuva sa. I enta rície nauva care i tercenima tavar analta.
Wood you can mistake for glass
Scientists have invented a new material by changing wood. They cooked wood in various liquids for a long time, so the substance called 'lignin' which gives wood its colour was removed from the wood which became transparent; then they poured resin on it. The new transparent wood is more enduring and isolating than glass, and may replace it in the future. The next endeavour will be to make the transparent wood in a bigger size.
 there are early Qenya words for resin such as
but I felt reluctant to use them rather tried to follow the semantics
Wood That Could be Mistaken for Glass - The New York Times
The scientists say they were “very surprised by how transparent it could go.”
Jun 16, 2016 (11:39)
Could you please explain the neologisms?
Jun 16, 2016 (12:07)
v. 'mistake, mis-recongize'
v. 'cook' AP
adj. 'not the same, different, various' la + imya
n. 'colour' EQ
adj. lit. 'through-seeable, transparent'
n. 'sticky juice, resin'
'able to protect' from
're, again' +
Jun 16, 2016 (14:58)
Very interesting! I had no idea they could do that with wood. I like your translation.
Jun 19, 2016 (13:19)
in VT44:26 is "touch, concern"
I like the translation, too.
Jun 19, 2016 (18:18)
quite true. Perhaps
is conceivable for 'cook'
isn't that much different (pun intended) from
, is it
Jun 20, 2016 (13:57)
dissatisfies me because of hiatus. And I don't want to invent neologisms, if there are some already.
Jun 20, 2016 (14:38)
- we have
attested in PE22:155 as an example of the prefix used with a hiatus
- I do not consider the use of a productive pre- or suffix as making a neologism; it's part of the normal conjugation
Jun 21, 2016 (08:48)
is it a true hiatus, or is there a diphthong
in this word? We cannot prove.
And yes, I agree with you as concerns prefixes and disagree about suffixes.
Jun 21, 2016 (08:55)
I don't follow your logic TBH, but maybe that's because I haven't had enough
Jun 21, 2016 (09:27)
I don't know if Hungarian works the same way, but in my observations Quenya (and Sindarin, to less extent) work like Russian as concerns affixation - that is, suffixes produce new words (=derivation) and are limited in their combinatory abilities, while prefixes (especially with movement verbs) function mostly as modifiers of meanings, attached to any verb or noun in a freeer manner.
Jun 21, 2016 (10:23)
Hungarian is an agglutinating language - we have suffixes rather than cases, and as long as they follow the rules of affixation they can be freely used.
So are you saying, that, for instance, every time we use any of the main attested verbal adjectival suffixes given in PE22 -
Vte, ima, Vstea etc.
- with an attested Quenya verb and according to the rules, we are venturing into the murky waters of neologisms? Naturally, using suffixes like them will change the meaning - after all we are changing parts of speech - still this kind of derivation looks perfectly natural and acceptable to me.
Jun 21, 2016 (15:30)
you've understood me correctly. Maybe our peception is different because of different combinatory properties of suffixes in Russian and Hungarian.
Jun 21, 2016 (16:18)
well strictly speaking any sort of prefixing or suffixing which produces an unattested form is neologism, isn't it, but it would really severely restrict our possibilities if we denied ourselves that.
Jun 22, 2016 (11:39)
we need a balanced approach, indeed. You are doing a good job, Tamas.
Jun 22, 2016 (12:10)
Let me put it this way: I regard formation of words out of attested
using the attested formative suffixes/elements as creation of neologisms (which is not a n assessment of their legitimity [is that a word?]); on the other hand I regard formation of words out of attested
using the attested suffixes as conjugation - especially if Tolkien himself lists them as being part of the conjugation system like he does in the several various iterations of QVS. Now, assigning a different/extended
to some of these conjugated forms, by extension, metaphor, or semantic shift (see my attempt at collecting verbal adjectival forms using the suffixes in QVS)
neologism - and again, this is not a judgement on their value.
It would be really good to see what otheris in this community think of this matter.
Jun 22, 2016 (19:58)
Because you asked the word is *legitimacy. I agree with your views on the creation of (and disagree with the term) neologisms with attested affixes and attested words/stems.
Jun 22, 2016 (20:27)