Eine Grammatik der Sprache Tintin's einer Erfindung des belgischen Comiczeichners Hergé.
Hergé's Syldavian: A grammar
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).
- Simply to find out what the scraps of Syldavian mean. For this, simply read the Annotated Corpus, ignoring the sections in this color type.
- To grasp Syldavian as a system— phonology, orthography, morphology, syntax. For this, see the Grammar and Lexicon, again ignoring this color type.
- As a linguistic detective story: following how the scraps were deciphered, what the cognates are, how the results were assembled into a plausible, coherent whole. For this, read the sections in this color type.