Talk:Alien language

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VFD Result[edit]

The result of the VFD can be found here: Wikipedia:Votes for deletion/Alien language -- AllyUnion (talk) 04:22, 10 Feb 2005 (UTC)

See also[edit]

Does anyone else think that the "See also" section should include Chinese Language? :P nihil (talk) 15:43, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

Checking all the characters in Unicode's Basic Multilingual Plane, i see lots that look alien, chinese/asian chars aren't among them. --TiagoTiago (talk) 17:40, 15 May 2010 (UTC)

Pioneer and Voyager messages[edit]

I think the Pioneer plaque in particular deserves a mention as an actual attempt to speak to aliens? It is essentially an "alien" language of our own creation for ease of communication, and presumably any aliens contacting us might have a similar idea and not message us in English/Vulcan/Bokqvt'fst. The hyperfine transition of hydrogen (no, I don't know either) is used to introduce the concept of a binary switch, with binary being the alien "language" used for the rest of the plaque. Many people have proposed that aliens would speak to us in maths or chemistry, not abstract language. This might be original research or in the realm of universal language though. It would be nice to have something other than science ficton to discuss though.

Also, if a lion could speak, we wouldn't understand him? Surely he said "feed me"?GM Pink Elephant (talk) 21:01, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

Possible Earlier Use of the Term "Xenolinguistics"[edit]

I don't have a searchable copy, but I could have sworn that the term "xenolinguistics" was used prior to 1986 in one of the first three books of the Hitchiker's Guide trilogy, when they are discussing how all languages have phonetically similar words for beverages. I think it was in "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe". — Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.64.157.114 (talk) 06:10, 20 February 2012 (UTC)

Possible article move?[edit]

I edited the lede in a way that prioritizes the terms for the study of alien languages. This doesn't necessitate an article move, since all three terms redirect here, but if we want to do so, I'm not sure which term is best. Google's Ngram viewer only showed results for exolinguistics, but currently only Xenolinguistics is used in Wikipedia articles. — Ƶ§œš¹ [ãːɱ ˈfɹ̠ˤʷɪ̃ə̃nlɪ] 17:43, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

Science Fiction[edit]

I believe this section should also include mention of:

  1. Harry Harrison's West of Eden
  2. Jean M. Auel's The Clan of the Cave Bear — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mirelly (talkcontribs) 20:53, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

Phonology[edit]

What are possibilities of alien vocal organs? What organs might be used and what are some ideas of how it might be spoken, signed, etc. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 97.85.166.212 (talk) 23:05, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

Grammar[edit]

How might alien language grammar differ from human language? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 97.85.166.212 (talkcontribs)

Missing[edit]

The Languages of Pao and the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis should definitely be mentioned here. Paradoctor (talk) 00:20, 24 November 2013 (UTC)