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DATE: November 9, 2012 3:01:52 PM PST
WWU Professor to Discuss J.R.R. Tolkien’s Languages Nov. 14

Contact:  Edward Vajda, Western Washington University professor of Modern and Classical Languages, (360) 650-4856, Edward.Vajda@wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM - J.R.R. Tolkien, wildly popular for his authorship of the fantasy trilogy "The Lord of the Rings," was by profession an unprepossessing Medievalist and historical linguist. Tolkien used his extensive knowledge of ancient and modern world languages to create the artificial languages that add so much realistic depth to his fictional writing.

Edward Vajda, a professor in the Modern and Classical Languages Department at Western Washington University, will discuss "Tolkien’s Imaginary Languages" from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Arntzen Hall Room 100.

Vajda's presentation will describe the languages Tolkien created for his Middle Earth by revealing their connection with the actual spoken languages he studied during his academic career.

The community is invited to explore the ingenious sound symbolism and etymological connotations employed by this master storyteller—and learn a great many things about the real languages of Eurasia along the way.

Donations of $1 or more are suggested to help raise money for the Linguistics Club and future events.


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