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Galactic Grammar and Interstellar Syntax

A Linguist’s response to the film Arrival

There’s been some hype about the new film Arrival, and some newfound attention to the field of linguistics. Rather than point out all of the inevitable liberty-taking that comes with projecting an everyday life onto the big screen, I wanted to show my appreciation. And the way I’m going to do that is by comparing the film to one of my other favorite sci-fi classics: the 1962 Twilight Zone episode ‘To Serve Man’.

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Zombie, Walkers, and The Walking Dead: Exploring In-Office Constructs of Meaning

The impending return of AMC’s The Walking Dead on October 23rd, with its portrayal of flesh-eating, swarming zombies, or “walkers” as they’ve been coined, has me thinking about how we use that term in our daily lives. Or more specifically, what do patients and physicians actually mean when they say “like a zombie”? Because hopefully if that’s the case patients are not referring to some nightmarish experience wherein they sought after a cannibalistic treat.

In Verilogue’s database, a quick search revealed that we have dialogues with OVER 400 patients and physicians using the term “zombie” in some way to describe symptoms or side effects.

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