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Saturday, May 26 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Sci-Fi Languages, Dialects, and Slang

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If languages are systems of interrelated, communally determined signs, it stands to reason that a genre which bends the conventions of narrative (and language itself) will be rife with complex, unconventional signs, symbols, and even intertextual references. Join our panelists in exploring the similarities and differences between created SF languages, special dialects, and slang lexicons. How do they influence readers? Do they augment or diminish the reading experience? Do they create new speech communities which transcend the boundaries of how and why a text is read? Join us to explore these questions and more!

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Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

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Tracy Canfield

Tracy Canfield’s short fantasy and science fiction has appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, and other magazines and anthologies.  Her most recent project, I, Cyborg, is a computer game set in her Intersolar universe and scheduled for release by Choice of Games in mid-2018... Read More →
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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
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