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Welcome to the WikiBook on Láadan!

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Láadan is a constructed language created by Suzette Haden Elgin in 1982. The Láadan language appears in the book series Native Tongue. Both the language and the book series were created in order to explore questions about language and culture. [1]

The language itself was built for women, for the specific purpose of expressing the perceptions of women. [1] However, it is not meant only for women - it can be used by whomever, even though the language was created specifically with women in mind. [2]

Native TongueEdit

Native Tongue is a three-book science fiction series, created as a ten-year experiment, along with the language created "within" the series, Láadan. [3]

Native Tongue is set in the 22nd century, where the Equal Rights Amendment was defeated in the 1980s. At the same time, Earth is dealing with many alien species, and has need for translators.

These translators come from special "Linguist lines", whose lives revolve around studying alien languages and acting as interpreters.

Within one of the Linguist houses, a group of women secretly construct a language for women...

Suzette Haden ElginEdit

Suzette Haden Elgin (1936-2015) was a linguist and sci-fi author. She first began writing science fiction novels to help her pay for tuition for grad school. She taught linguistics at San Diego State University until 1980. [3]

Learning LáadanEdit


Grammar ReferenceEdit

Grammar Reference

A quick-reference list of grammar rules and examples.

Phrase BookEdit

Phrase Book

A list of categorized phrases in Láadan

Word ListsEdit

Word Lists

Categorized word lists to quickly find useful words.

Practice MaterialEdit



Short stories for practicing reading Láadan text

Additional ResourcesEdit

Authors and contributorsEdit

This Wikibook is written by:


  1. a b A First Dictionary and Grammar of Láadan 2nd Edition, Suzette Haden Elgin
  3. a b