Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages
by Tim Conley and Stephen Cain
Foreword by Ursula K. Le Guin
Westport, CT and London: Greenwood Press, 2006
"The Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages (like Borges's fantastic, category-eviscerating encyclopedia) is good to think with, and sf scholars will no doubt find it richly suggestive."
-- Samuel Gerald Collins, Science Fiction Studies
Some of the most popular creative works are appealing because of the artificial worlds their authors create. In many of these works, fictional languages are essential to the setting and plot, and often help the author comment on social issues. This encyclopedia examines fictional and fantastic languages in a broad range of literature, films, and television shows.
"A unique addition to the literary reference shelf... an essential resource tool for the teacher, researcher, librarian, linguist, and reader."
"Conley and Cain provide over 200 entries on fictional languages in prose literature, film, and television. Most of the entries cover languages in science fiction and fantasy genre texts, whereas others present linguistic exploration in diverse works, e.g., Casanova's 1788 novelIcosameron....[t]he encyclopedia includes many excellent figures, diagrams, and illustrations of fictional scripts, alphabets, and grammatical constructions. Entries are usefully cross-indexed, and the book includes a handy list of topical groupings like 'dinosaur languages' and 'gender-based languages.' The authors write with enthusiasm and authority, as does Ursula LeGuin in the foreword."
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