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Re: Dune Conlang

From:Terrence Donnelly <pag000@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 10, 1999, 21:00
At 03:03 PM 11/10/99 -0500, Steg wrote:
>I just started reading the classic science fiction book _Dune_ for my >english class ("epics"), and i immediately noticed (of course) all of the >conlangish terms - there's even an entire sentence or two in one of the >languages of the book's universe. > >Many of the terms are based on Semitic, such as _qwisatz haderach_, from >Hebrew _qfitzat haderekh_, _shaitan_ from Arabic... Those are the ones >that i can remember at the moment, i don't have the book with me. > >But has anyone ever done a study or anything about the languages and >terms in Dune? The Semitic-based words could just be there for the >'desert' feel of the setting, but.... >
There was a book published back in the 70's (?) called the Dune Encyclopedia that had long sections on several languages from the Dune series. I don't know how much of the information came from Frank Herbert, but IIRC he contributed an introduction, so it probably had his approval. -- Terry