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Is using italics for non-English words exoticising?

This post discusses: certain common situations when italics are used issues in using italics for non-English words in fiction common reasons why cultural anthropologists italicise non-English words Editing and language change One of the most exciting things about working as an editor is observing language change firsthand. Language and society are closely linked. And many …

Cultural worldbuilding in your SFF novel

Today’s blog post looks at cultural worldbuilding. That is, the different ways of thinking about and representing cultures in your SFF book. I have also touched on these themes in the Worldbuilding Q&A. How do writers use culture? In everyday talk, people often use culture as another word for ‘national culture’ or interpreted as something …