Have you seen the latest science fiction blockbuster, Arrival yet? It’s the type of movie linguists have been waiting for. For a change, the heroine doesn’t fly a spaceship or use advanced weaponry to fight evil. Instead, the character, Dr. Louise Banks, uses her words or, rather, she works tirelessly to translate an alien race’s language.
If you’ve not yet seen the movie, be warned: this article contains spoiler alerts! That being said, here are a few things people will learn about translation from the movie.