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15. What are some stories and novels that involve linguistics?




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This article is from the sci.lang FAQ, by Michael Covington (mcovingt@ai.uga.edu) and Mark Rosenfelder (markrose@zompist.com) with numerous contributions by others.

15. What are some stories and novels that involve linguistics?

[--markrose]

The following list is by no means exhaustive. It's based on James Myers'
list of books, which was compiled the last time the subject came up on
sci.lang. Additions and corrections are welcome; please suggest the
approximate category and give the publication date, if possible.

ALIENS AND LINGUISTS: Language Study and Science Fiction, by Walter Meyers
(1980) contains a general discussion and lists more works.

alien languages

"Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" in FICCIONES - Jorge Luis Borges (1956)
40000 IN GEHENNA - C.J. Cherryh (1983)
BABEL-17 - Samuel R. Delany (1966)
FLIGHT OF THE DRAGONFLY - Robert L. Forward (1984)
THE HAUNTED STARS - Edmond Hamilton
HELLSPARK - Janet Kagan (1988)
INHERIT THE STARS - James P. Hogan
"Not So Certain" - David I. Masson
"Omnilingual", in FEDERATION - H. Beam Piper
CONTACT - Carl Sagan (1985)
PSYCHAOS - E. P. Thompson
"A Martian Odyssey" in SF HALL OF FAME - Stanley Weinbaum (1934)
"A Rose for Ecclesiastes" in SF HALL OF FAME - Roger Zelazny (1963)
WELTGEIST SUPERSTAR - P.M. (1980)

futuristic varieties of English

"Barrier" - Anthony Boucher
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE - Anthony Burgess (1962)
HELLFLOWER - eluki bes shahar (1991)
THE INHERITORS - William Golding (1955)
THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS - Robert Heinlein (1966)
RIDDLEY WALKER - Russel Hoban (1980)
1984 - George Orwell (1948)

other invented languages

NATIVE TONGUE - Suzette Haden Elgin (1984)
THE GAMEPLAYERS OF ZAN - M A Foster
"Gulf" in ASSIGNMENT IN ETERNITY - Robert A. Heinlein (1949)
ALWAYS COMING HOME - Usrula K. Le Guin
PALE FIRE - Vladimir Nabokov
THE KLINGON DICTIONARY - Marc Okrand (1985)
THE VOID-CAPTAIN'S TALE - Norman Spinrad
THE LORD OF THE RINGS - J R R Tolkien (1954-55)
THE MEMORANDUM - Vaclav Havel (1966)
THE LANGUAGES OF PAO - Jack Vance (1957)

linguist heroes

RATES OF EXCHANGE - Malcolm Bradbury
DOUBLE NEGATIVE - David Carkeet
THE FULL CATASTROPHE - David Carkeet
PYGMALION - George Bernard Shaw (1912)
THE POISON ORACLE - Peter Dickinson (1974)
OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET - C.S. Lewis (1943)
HANDS ON - Andrew Rosenheim (1992)
LEAR'S DAUGHTERS - M. Bradley Kellogg w/ William Rossow (1986)
THE SPARROW, CHILDREN OF GOD - Mary Doria Russell (1996, 98)

animal language

WATERSHIP DOWN - Richard Adams (1972)
TARZAN OF THE APES - Edgar Rice Burroughs (1912)
CONGO - Michael Crichton (1980)

use of linguistic theory

SNOW CRASH - Neal Stephenson (1992)
GULLIVER'S TRAVELS - Jonathan Swift (1726)
THE EMBEDDING - Ian Watson (1973)
Ozark trilogy - Suzette Haden Elgin
YONDER COMES THE OTHER END OF TIME - Suzette Haden Elgin

other

THE TROIKA INCIDENT - James Cooke Brown (1969) [Loglan]
ETXEMENDI - Florence Delay [Chomsky ref]
TRITON - Samuel Delany [reflections on meaning]
SO YOU WANT TO BE A WIZARD - Diane Duane
TONGUES OF THE MOON - Philip Jose Farmer
DUNE - Frank Herbert (1965)
THE DISPOSSESSED - Ursula LeGuin (1974)
LOVE ME TOMORROW - Robert Rimmer (1976) [Loglan]

 

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