What I'm doing at the con.
Now that I'm retired, I'm trying to pick up my fanac where I
originally left it at Torcon II in 1973.
I did a couple panels on linguistics (as I like to say, the best-kept secret in America) at
Norwescon 33 last year. This year the con committee want me to do it again in a bigger room, during Prime Time.
So, I gave two talks
at Norwescon 34; clicking on the link below gives you a (6-page) handout.
- Fictional Linguistics
Friday 4/22 9 pm Cascade 10
- About weird language phenomena suitable for aliens
- Language Fossils
Saturday 4/23 3 pm Cascase 10
- About language change and Proto-Indo-European
[In the event, we talked about quite a few topics on and off the handouts. After I got home, I realized that
in the talks I was telling many of the stories summarized in this (
6-page, oddly enough) handout, from a talk based on this paper,
"Style Stands Still". If you still want to see how those stories all fit together, try the paper,
which is an essay produced for a special issue on metaphor of an scademic literary journal (Style).
I should also point out especially some links relevant to various questions from people:]
Last change 4/19/11
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