Overview

Psychonauts from the casual to the committed have at times experienced bizarre linguistic phenomena when in altered states of consciousness. These phenomena, and the equally novel ideas about language that accompany them are the subject matter of this website and of the coming book, Xenolinguistics: Psychedelics and Language at the Edge of the Unspeakable.

In the world of science fiction, Xenolinguistics means the study of alien languages. I’ve adopted it for the exploration of psychedelics and language to give a feel for the high strangeness of these sports of language, from spontaneous glossolalia—the outpouring of language-like sounds—to Allyson’s Grey’s “secret writing” and Terence McKenna’s self-transforming, linguistic machine elves.

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