Friday, March 14, 2008

OSFest Program Participants part 4

Daryl Frazetti – Xenolinguistist
“Klaatu barata nikto” aside, what would an alien language sound like? Well Professor Frazetti is coming to OSFest to talk about Xenolinguistics and hold a workshop on alien languages.

Xenolinguistics is a structural and cognitive linguistics course that uses alien languages, such as those from Star Trek, Star Wars, LOTR, Futurama, as examples and case studies. There will be an overview discussion of the material, followed by a workshop (on Sunday so we can digest the big words we used on Saturday) going over the steps on how to create an alien language.

While Daryl was born and raised in Boston, he currently teaches Anthropology at Lake Tahoe College in California. With a background in physical anthropology and work in paleopathology, he has taught specialty courses in The Anthropology of Star Trek, Xenolinguistics, and The Anthropology of The Lord of the Rings. So when he wrote us that he would like to come to Omaha for OSFest, we jumped at the chance. Make time to talk to this guy about his courses, his convention experiences; just don’t forget to ask him about his cats.

The Omaha Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival will be July 11-13th, 2008 at the Comfort Inn & Suites at 7007 Grover Street Omaha, NE. I hope to see you there.

1 comment:

  1. This is cool beyond words. I had no freaking idea that there was even such a field of study. If I had not been going already this would seal the deal. Nice.

    P.S. the link is broken the osfes.html on the end doesn't exist.