Language as Communication vs. Language as Art: JRR Tolkien and early 20th-century radical linguistic experimentation
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This article situates Tolkien’s “A Secret Vice” (and its accompanying notes and papers) within the cultural and intellectual milieu of the early 20th century. It claims that at the heart of Tolkien’s exploration in this material is the question of language as communication vs. language as art. It argues that Tolkien’s language invention navigates the (perceived) binary between a utilitarian aim for language invention (contemporary International Auxiliary Languages) vs. an aesthetic linguistic pursuit (contemporary Modernist and other avant-garde linguistic experimentation), by choosing a third (middle) way. It examines Tolkien's linguistic invention alongside the work of Sapir, Jespersen, Joyce, Stein, and the Dada and zaum poets.
Journal of Tolkien Research;
Fimi, Dimitra (2018) 'Language as Communication vs. Language as Art: J.R.R. Tolkien and early 20th-century radical linguistic experimentation', Journal of Tolkien Research, 5 (1) , Article 2. Available at: https://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol5/iss1/2
This article was published in Journal of Tolkien Research in March 2018, available open access at https://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol5/iss1/2
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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