Kyarghnaal Language

Kyarghnaal Language
The Language of the Hills of Arlinga

Friday, 1 March 2013

Upon the Use of Learned Speech

They there, folks!  Been a long time.  Sorry.

The occupation of writing draws many who consider themselves, for one reason or another, to be intellectuals, and therefore existing upon a higher plane than their fellow mortals.  In fact, many consider the act of writing and publishing books to be an effective bid for immortality, an idea contradicted by the fact that many books, quite rightly, are forgotten nearly as soon as they are opened.  Some few recent works are, in my opinion, full of pages unworthy to line dog kennels with, but I will not dwell on that here.

This is one reason a writer may use an "elevated" form of language, even in everyday speech.  That oldest of excuses for insufferable behaviour, breeding (or the aspiration toward breeding), causes certain people to oh, so casually drop long words into their conversations as though by accident.  In the opinion of this reporter, the so-called common man can very easily see and resent this sort of pretension.

However, this is by no means the only reason for such use of language.  Writers, at the best of times, regard themselves as painstaking artists, and literary dialects may simply be viewed as another part of the palette of colors available to them.  There is more to any language than the stilted vocabulary used in daily conversation.

There are yet other instances in which such methods are used, though they may be regarded as extensions of the above argument.  Many writers may use archaic forms of speech when rendering the actual words of a pompous character, or perhaps giving the effect of a work having been translated.  Still others alter their style when telling a mediaevalist story, or when translating someone's native tongue into English while keeping a sense of the original.  A few may do this brilliantly, others indifferently, yet it remains a reasonable excuse for a bit of fun.

Indeed, I myself often fall victim to such foolishness, though I have always tried to use my handicap for good and not for evil.  I cannot seem to bring myself to give up such richness of expression.

It's just another way of talking, is all.  Sort of snobbish to condemn it, don't you think?

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