LANGUAGE IN SCIENCE FICTION
If representatives from an alien species appeared on earth from outer space, how would we communicate with them? What if they were not organic creatures, but were instead machines? What would an alien species sound like? What kinds of changes will happen to languages over the next several centuries? Science fiction tropes like aliens, robots, and time travel richly reward linguistic investigation. In this class, we will apply current linguistic theory to various works of science fiction, asking first and foremost: "How linguistically plausible are the scenarios, tropes, and narratives depicted here?"