The Dispossessed

The language spoken on Urras.
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Iotic Term Timeline in The Dispossessed

The timeline below shows where the term Iotic appears in The Dispossessed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...has gathered at the breach in the wall. The foreman replies in “slow and limited Iotic” that the mob is simply protesting the passenger who is scheduled to leave today. The... (full context)
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...him. He looks up at the stranger beside him, who is speaking to him in Iotic—a foreign language, but one the passenger can understand. While the stranger fumbles with the straps... (full context)
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...at all—and then turns to him holding a large needle. Shevek tells the doctor, in Iotic, that he does not want the shot. The doctor insists that Shevek needs a measles... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...in grimy clothing. He speaks abruptly and coarsely. He tells Shevek that he must learn Iotic, the language of Urras, in order to read the major works of Urrasti physics—no one... (full context)
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Shevek sets to the task of learning Iotic, isolated in his room from the rest of the Institute and the city. He is... (full context)
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...critique of the Urrasti physicist Atro’s work. Sabul orders Shevek to translate the paper into Iotic, so that it can be sent straight to Atro himself on the next freighter bound... (full context)
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...Urras, Shevek finds his ideals tested in other ways. The fact that he must learn Iotic but keep it to himself goes against the ideology of sharing he has lived by... (full context)
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...to inject him with medicine to bring down his fever. Shevek falls asleep, raving in Iotic and Pravic about physics and time. (full context)
Chapter 6
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...Shevek’s notes are written in code. Shevek tells him that they have been written in Iotic. He tells Bedap that no one on Anarres can understand what he is researching, and... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...Ambassador’s office. The Ambassador, Keng, apologizes for the fact that the two must speak in Iotic—the only common tongue they share, though it is foreign to both of them. Keng informs... (full context)