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Devilese is a dark humor short story I wrote in spring 2014. As a linguist-wannabe, I’ve always been fascinated with fictional languages. But one problem that I have with most of them, whether they’re Klingon or Elvish or Na’vi, is that they always feel too human.

The inspiration for Devilese came about when wondering what would happen if the most human aspect of language was removed: recursion. What would we be left with? A language that was impossible to learn – perfect for Hell.

Add in a dash of humor and my own experience learning Japanese and living in Japan, and you have Devilese, every linguist’s nightmare.

Devilese was published in the October 2015 edition of UNBUILD Walls. Read it here.

You can also read it here on this website.