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Fri Feb 19 2010

Qs: Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis in Science Fiction

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        1.    Flaminia Robu, Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis in Science Fiction

Message 1: Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis in Science Fiction
Date: 15-Feb-2010
From: Flaminia Robu <flaminiarobuyahoo.com>
Subject: Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis in Science Fiction
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As a doctoral research student in Languages/Linguistics, I would like to
ask if anyone knows of relevant studies/criticism dealing with the
linguistic implications of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis as reflected in
science-fiction (SF) literature. This includes the different uses of the
theory in SF, and its applications to relevant literature.

I've so far had access to critical studies on the subject, dealing more
generally with linguistics and language study in science-fiction and
fantasy (to list but a few: Walter E. Meyers, John Clute, Larry Niven,
Samuel Delany). The primary literature is currently based on a
selection of works by writers who deal with verbal languages in literary
works (constructed languages), but I'm also interested in verbal and
non-verbal communication techniques as reflected in 'first-contact
situations' (between human and alien cultures). None of the works
which I've consulted so far deal exclusively or predominantly with the
implications of 'Sapir-Whorf' in SF literature. I would appreciate any
feedback or suggestions you may have.

Thank you in advance.

-Flaminia Robu

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