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The dudes who study alien languages

Bring out your tinfoil hats and best conspiracy theories, because today’s Beluga feature talks about the linguists who study extraterrestrial languages.

Una Titz
Una Titz
Jun 3, 2018 · 4 min read

Meanwhile in a parallel universe

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“To put it whimsically, the Martian language might not be so different from human language after all.”

“The whole universe is subject to the same laws of physics. For example, there are not that many ways a signal can be transmitted, particularly over large distances. (…)Also, we can expect that extraterrestrial languages … have a vocabulary consisting of building blocks of meaning that can be combined to create more complex meanings.”

- Linguist Bridget Samuels from the University of Southern California

“An intelligent creature whose main sensory modality is electric rather than visual would have patterns of thought completely foreign to us.”

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What do we sound like to aliens?

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“The Golden Record is a beautiful artefact and representation of how humans want to see themselves, but it is meant to be received by and interpreted by something that has the sensory capabilities of the average human. If the second one of these senses is absent, or an entirely different sense is added, the Golden Record becomes a bit confusing.”

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