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Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
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Oct 23, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction, feminism
Read in January, 2001

Feminist SF from the 1980's imagines a near future world where women have few rights and are utterly dominated by men (the ultimate fundamentalist xtian utopia). As the U.S. government expands into space, it increasingly relies on the 13 families og "Lingoes", linguistic specialists who learn alien tongues from birth to act as negotiators for the government. The wimmin of these Lingo "lines" have secretly developed their own language, and with it, a possible tool for rebellion.
Great satire, awesome book and I ain't a big fan of science fiction.

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