OT<?>: Linguist Heros was Re: No pronoun, no article
|From:||J. K. Hoffman <ryumaou@...>|
|Date:||Monday, October 20, 2003, 12:08|
> Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2003 02:52:13 -0400 From: John Cowan
> <cowan@...> Subject: Re: No pronoun, no article
> Stone Gordonssen scripsit:
>> Drat my books being packed. There's a 70's sci-fi novel which uses
>> this idea.
> Samuel R. Delany's _Babel 17_; one of the few novels of any kind with
> a linguist for a hero.
> -- "May the hair on your toes never fall out!" John Cowan
> --Thorin Oakenshield (to Bilbo) email@example.com
I know a lot of folks don't think there have been that many "linguist
heroes" in fiction, but I think there are more than we want to believe.
For instance, the hero of _The Languages of Pao_ by Jack Vance, who's
name escapes me. The already mentioned _Babel 17_, of course. Most
recently, _The Scar_ by China Mieville has a linguist heroine. In fact,
she even makes a snide remark about someone mistranslating the pluperfect.
I'm away from my library, but I have a book called _Aliens and
Linguists_ which is an examination of linguistics in science-fiction and
fantasy. I *know* it lists other examples, but they escape me at the
moment. (I think C. J. Cherryh has had some linguist heroes, as well.)
When I get home again tonight, I'll scare up the book and list out more.
In the meantime, can anyone else think of linguist heroes? There
*have* to be more than the three I listed.
"It's better to light one candle
than to curse the darkness."
-Chinese Proverb and The Motto of the Christophers