The Power of Words: Linguistics for Genre Writers

Author and linguist Juliette Wade shows how linguistics differs from the study of foreign languages, and gives a survey of eight different subfields of linguistics.

Author and linguist Juliette Wade shows how linguistics differs from the study of foreign languages, and gives a survey of eight different subfields of linguistics.

The class will be offered December 17, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time.

Author and linguist Juliette Wade shows how linguistics differs from the study of foreign languages, and gives a survey of eight different subfields of linguistics. She examines principles of language at levels of complexity from the most basic articulation of speech sounds to the way that language is used to participate in public forms of discourse. For each subfield, she looks at how it can be used to enhance a writer’s portrayal of characters and societies in a fictional world. After completing this examination of linguistics and its relevance to in-world languages, Wade moves to the meta-level to talk about using the principles of linguistics to hone point of view and the effectiveness of narrative language in storytelling.

Speculative fiction writer Juliette Wade runs the popular Dive into Worldbuilding webcast. Her work has appeared in Clarkesworld and Analog Magazine, among other places.

Register by mailing Cat at cat AT catrambo.com and specifying whether you would prefer to pay by Paypal or by check. The cost for a single session live workshop is $99 for new students; $79 for students who have formerly taken a class with Cat. Classes are taught via Google Hangouts; all you need is a computer with a microphone and reliable Internet connection, but a webcam is suggested. Live classes are are limited to seven students.

Can’t make it to a live class? Wade has an on-demand version on The Power of Words: Linguistics for Genre Writers available at the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers.

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