For the study related to human-constructed interstellar languages, see Astrolinguistics.

Exolinguistics (also called xenolinguistics[1] and astrolinguistics[2][3]) is the study of the hypothetical languages of alien species.

The question of what form an alien language might take, and whether humans would recognize it as a language if they encountered it, has been approached from several perspectives. Consideration of such questions form part of the linguistics and language studies programs at some universities.[4]

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  1. ^ The first use of the term "xenolinguistics" in science fiction occurred in 1986, in the novel "Triad" by Sheila Finch (Finch, Sheila (1986). Triad. New York: Spectra. ISBN 9780553257922.  New edition: Finch, Sheila (2012). Triad. Rockville, Maryland: Wildside Press. ISBN 9781434447913. ).
  2. ^ Daniels, Peter T. "Aliens And Linguists (Book Review)." Library Journal 105.13 (1980): 1516. Academic Search Premier. Web. 7 June 2012.
  3. ^ Schirber, Michael. "Use Grammar To Decipher Alien Tongues." New Scientist 199.2678 (2008): 12. Academic Search Premier. Web. 7 June 2012.
  4. ^ Course notes by assistant professor Sheri Wells-Jensen, Bowling Green State University

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