Efficiency of languages
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Author:  BillMullins [ Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:21 am ]
Post subject:  Efficiency of languages

Anyone who recalls the discussions of Speedtalk in "Gulf" may find this interesting.

Author:  PeterScott [ Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:11 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Efficiency of languages

Fascinating, thanks!

Author:  mostlyclassics [ Sun Jul 10, 2016 12:44 pm ]
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Thanks from me too, BillMullins!

Author:  DanHenderson [ Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:01 pm ]
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This was great! I took a Continuing Studies course at Stanford this year called The Glamour of Grammar, and this would have been a perfect supplemental reading. I've forwarded it to the instructor. Thank you!

Author:  beamjockey [ Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Efficiency of languages

Those of you who like some linguistics in your science fiction would do well to see Arrival, a new film based-- somewhat faithfully-- on Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life."

It's a first-contact story in which a linguist works with alien visitors to establish communication. Like Chiang's story, Arrival resolutely turns aside, at many points, from being the kind of movie you'd expect from reading that well-worn premise.

It's very good, and it works, even though there is more Hollywood melodrama stirred in than the original story needed. Not so much as to keep it from belonging to the set of "SF movies for intelligent viewers," I think.

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