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Lapsed linguist and language lover.


Feb
21
comment Does this riddle abuse language to make it fit into verse?
Of course - I was wondering how to "guess" secretly! Great riddle at any rate, and I like the edits.
Dec
21
comment Characters with no names
It worked really well in Jose Saramago's novel, Blindness. The characters are referred to throughout the long book as the Doctor's Wife, the Girl with the Dark Glasses, the Man with the Black Eyepatch, etc. It's surprisingly non-invasive and effective.
Dec
21
comment Peeking through character's mask
You asked about literary works with such protagonists. Two come readily to mind -- Quoyle from The Shipping News (Annie Proulx) and Lisbeth Salander from Steig Larsson's Millennium Series (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, etc.).
Dec
20
comment A cross-[What] kind of romance?
So how about "cross-carbonality" or "cross-carbon" or "inter-carbonality" romance?
Nov
1
comment How do authors incorporate languages they don't speak?
@Mussri I think you're on to something. If OP's character speaks Arabic, for example, OP could include Arabic idioms (translated into English) as a way to show that s/he is speaking in Arabic -- without the need for actually using Arabic. OP would still need to double check with a native speaker, but I think the approach might work very well. You should form this into an answer.