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Ingrid G.
New! Entered: 2016-08-02
And consider this ~ The elves don't have written language and they can't write any of these new words down! It is all auditory! It's a blessing they have a scholarly type like Newt who keeps the words alive through repetition and song! Wish there was a scene where Windburn or an elder acknowledged that at the end!
Sofia Lindström
New! Entered: 2012-06-29
As a bit of a linguist, I love reading pieces of the human languages! I shall have to write all the words down one day, if there isn't a list of them on the forum already (note to self: go search for that later). The way you used the human words in the scenes was very interesting and definitely felt like the way people without written language would handle learning unknown languages!
Larissa Johnston
New! Entered: 2012-03-04
I really liked seeing all of Newt's interactions with the others in the tribe and how practicing the 'words' was worked in, he's very dedicated!
Emberra Owen
New! Entered: 2012-01-28
I think its really neat to see just how much the elves had learned so far while word hunting. This story was a really great way to see that. Though I have to say it makes me really sad that Newt can't go with them on the word hunts. -sigh- Though have have to admit he is really persistent at learning the language and trying to get others to learn it as well. :)
Holly H.
New! Entered: 2011-09-22
I really like here how it shows two complementary things about Newt -- that he wants to find a way to transcend his limitations, but, if that doesn't prove possible, then he wants to think outside the box and find a way to be involved in something nonetheless. Both say good things about him as a character. :)

I was also struck, in the part with the lullaby, by the massive nature of the task the elves have set themselves. It's easy to say "we'll listen, watch, and learn"... but when they have no way to verify any of their guesses, you have to wonder what they're really learning. I listen to a lot of folk-music, and I enjoy a lot of songs with words in languages I don't speak (like Finnish). Even after years and years of listening, and knowing broadly what the song is about, I would not be able to begin to tell you what any of the words mean! (Perhaps, if I could see the singers and they were doing things, performing actions and making gestures and expressions, it might help. Then again, I'm so hopeless at languages to begin with, I would NEVER be a good candidate for a project like the word-hunters in the first place!)
Lyn Cavalier
New! Entered: 2011-07-27
I agree with you, Whit... it will be *interesting* (to say the least) when the elves start trying to speak with the humans!
Whitney Ware
New! Entered: 2011-06-07
I just *love* the imagery of these elves eavesdropping on human conversations and then just making assumptions about what a single word might mean... and of them just randomly combining sounds they *think* they've determined are single words into lullabies... when an attempted conversation is eventually had with some poor unsuspecting human, it's gonna be SUCH a Monty Pythhon moment!!
Mareike Heilemann
New! Entered: 2010-12-21
Oh, this is a very neat look at how Newt deals with the fact that he can't go with the Word Hunters and his limits, and at how the human language is conveyed to the tribe. I like the games they have developed for it! So nice that Newt has found a way to be included :).
Beth K.
New! Entered: 2010-10-24
It was great to see so many snippets of Newt's life here. I love the interactions with Beetle, and the extra twist on the Taal game. Plus, seeing him with Glow - extra adorable!
Peggy B.
New! Updated: 2010-10-20
I really really like how you managed to put all the different word hunters and their individual ways of handling the human words into this story. I feel really sorry for poor Newt... but I guess he would make a great memory keeper.
And you must have put so much consideration into the development of a new language. Respect!!
Melanie D.
New! Entered: 2010-10-09
Ahhh! It's up! This was such a nice suprise :D I love the two of you and I love what you did do with Newt. ^__^ This is so interesting in two ways. It's nice to see how the human language takes some form in the tribe and it's also nice to see that you don't have to be actively a Word-hunter to take part in this :D

I just love how it portrais Newt's way to deal with his limits. He can't go with them but somehow he through manages so well to be part of it in his way.

All the human language you made up and weaved in is great. It's so exiting t see how it slowly sems to take form.
I could go on all day but just let me say .. I LOVE it!
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