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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.
- 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.).
- Daniels, Peter T. "Aliens And Linguists (Book Review)." Library Journal 105.13 (1980): 1516. Academic Search Premier. Web. 7 June 2012.
- Schirber, Michael. "Use Grammar To Decipher Alien Tongues." New Scientist 199.2678 (2008): 12. Academic Search Premier. Web. 7 June 2012.
- Course notes by assistant professor Sheri Wells-Jensen, Bowling Green State University
- A Primer In SF XENOLINGUISTICS, by Justin B. Rye
- Conlangs seeking to emulate what an alien language might look like:
- Fith: An Alien Conlang With A LIFO Grammar and Ilish – by Jeffrey Henning (dead link; copy of Fith and Ilish pages at the Internet Archive)
- Machi and Bogomol languages - by Terrence Donnelly (archived copy of an alternative web address at the Internet Archive)
- Rikchik by Denis Moskowitz
- A Booklet on Daharran Grammar from the Orion's Arm Universe Project