Books with linguists

Read that title again: it’s books with linguists, not books for linguists.

This thought came from a post on Language Log, in which Barbara Phillips Long asks whether “there are books with linguists as major characters.”

Commenters came to the rescue, with some good and some unfortunate suggestions. In the first category (IMNSHO) are Helen DeWitt’s amazing The Last Samurai, Ted Chiang’s Story of Your Life, Ian Watson’s The Embedding, David Carkeet’s Double Negative, Chip Delany’s Babel 17, Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, some others that I read and liked, and some that I haven’t read but that probably belong in that list. In the second category Dan Brown stands alone, with no further comment needed.

Anyway, check out the link, and this is one case where you absolutely need to read the comments!

Categories: Books, Linguistics