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

Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:21 am
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Fascinating, thanks!

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Thanks from me too, BillMullins!

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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!

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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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