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Hergé's Syldavian: A grammar

Eine Grammatik der Sprache Tintin's einer Erfindung des belgischen Comiczeichners Hergé.

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Introduction

The adventures of Tintin, by the great Belgian artist Hergé, are enjoyed the world over; for the linguist, they offer the added attraction of providing tantalizing glimpses of a previously undocumented language, Syldavian.

Hergé never, to my knowledge, provided any grammatical sketch of this language, and other sources on Syldavian are precious few. I have taken the liberty of laying out the known facts on this fascinating language.

There are several ways to read this document: Not all of my interpretations and interpolations may be correct; I don't know Dutch, which as will be seen is a requisite for this work, and I've had to rely on the help of Dutch and Belgian correspondents on the Net. Corrections are welcome (but please don't tell me about Marols; I know about it already).

—Mark Rosenfelder

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