Hear film critic, media critic, and YouTube phenomenon Lindsay Ellis talk about how science fiction has portrayed alien language through the decades.
Language is intricately tied to human thought, consciousness, and logic. In fact, linguists, philosophers, and scientists studying species capable of complex language have a sample size of only one: humans. But science fiction writers often imagine how non-human languages might evolve, work, and affect speakers’ consciousness. From “Star Trek” to “Arrival,” from “Ender’s Game” to “Embassytown,” Ellis will explore the relationships among narrative utility, worldbuilding, and different modes of storytelling about communication.
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