Monday, November 14, 2005

Sprechen mit Aliens

Speaking with aliens will probably be more difficult than merely translating, like we do amongst our species. All languages on earth typically have analogous terms amongst them. We have things like "hello," "thank you," "I'm on my period," "I feel sick," etc.

Although all these phrases are said differently in different languages, they are still common ideas. Aliens may not have common ideas with us which makes translating much more difficult. Simple concepts to us, where we have a single word, would be abstract ideas. Their languages would be composed of a much greater number of "untranslatable words," something that occurs here and there in Earth languages. Typically, these words are copied between languages because trying to translate them results in a very obscure phrase.

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