Comità per l'Útzil del Glheþ
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La Comità per l'Útzil del Glheþ (Committee for the Use of the Talossan Language) is the official regulatory body for the Talossan language. The function of the CÚG is to recognize and recommend modifications in the vocabulary, grammar, and use of Talossan. The Committee issues these recommendations in publications known as Arestadas (for grammar) and Pienamaintschen (for vocabulary).
History and Publications
The Committee was founded on 14 November 1983 by R. Ben Madison, as interest in the Talossan language grew to include students of linguistics, who joined Madison in developing, studying, and expanding the language. The development of Talossan has been recognized and guided by Arestadas issued periodically by the Committee, sometimes with multiple Arestadas being issued within a span of months. In recent years, the frequency of the issuance of Arestadas has slowed, with the Committee preferring to publish recommendations on a yearly basis, on 12 December (recognized as “Language Day”).
Through the years, Arestadas of the Committee have codified various aspects of Talossan phonology, orthography, phraseology, and inflection. The most far-reaching changes recommended by the Committee were published in the 2007 Arestada on Orthography. With this Arestada, the stress and vocalic system of Talossan were greatly simplified, and some consonant graphemes were modified. These recommendations were initially somewhat controversial, and indeed some "pre-Arestada" preference is still seen in some communities.
In addition to its official publications, the Committee is involved in other publications, including the 1990 Treisoûr del Glheþ Talossán (Talossan’s full dictionary/vocabulary list), its 1996 reissue, Madison's La Scúrzniâ Gramáticâ del Glhetg Talossán ("The Short Grammar of the Talossan Language," popularly "SG") which went through two editions, and the 2008 Ün Guizua Compläts àl Glheþ Talossan ("A Complete Guide to the Talossan Language," a.k.a. "GC"), currently in its second edition (published 2011).
Membership and Organization
Membership in the Committee is obtained through nomination of existing members, leading to a six-month status as candidate (non-voting) member, after which a vote of the membership can grant a candidate full voting status. The Committee is led by an elected President and Vice-President, and supports four permanent subcommittees (Grammar, Vocabulary, Publications, and Finance) to which members are appointed by the President.
- Madison, Robert Ben. The History of the Kingdom of Talossa (1992).
- La Mha, M.; A Complete Guide to the Talossan Language, Second English Edition (2008). ISBN 978-1-4537-7729-9.