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Online Platform Teaches Dying Languages To Save Them From Extinction

There are heaps of ways to learn languages online, from intensive tutored courses to fun cartoony apps. You can even learn made-up languages, like Dothraki, Klingon and Esperanto - a fact that must be somewhat frustrating to Inky Gibbens, founder of the Tribalingual platform for dying languages. Read More >>

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The Screenwriter of Arrival Is Working on a New Scifi Film

One of the many marvellous things about Arrival is the way Eric Heisserer adapted Ted Chiang’s short story, “Story of Your Life,” into a script that stayed true to Chiang’s work while adding new, cinematic elements to the story. Now the Oscar-nominated Heisserer is taking on another film in the scifi genre. Read More >>

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How Would We Actually Talk To Aliens Once They Arrive?

If anything, cinema has trained us to be suspicious of aliens: When a ship turns up from outer space, you can bet that it is going to end up with someone getting hurt. And this is what makes Arrival such a remarkably different film. Starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, the film is proper grown-up science fiction, in which a linguist (Adams) and a physicist (Renner) must work together in order to learn how to communicate with the alien lifeforms. Read More >>

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What Arrival Gets Right About Talking to Superintelligent Noisesquids From Space

It’s difficult for linguists to explain to people we meet what it is that we do, and why we are so fascinated with it. Finally, popular culture is giving us a reference point. Arrival doesn’t assume we’ll be able to communicate with aliens with some advanced technology that makes no sense. Instead, it explores how that kind of “universal translator” could come to be in the first place. Read More >>

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If You Want More Movies With Big Ideas Instead of Big Explosions, You Need to See Arrival

If you’ve seen the adverts for Arrival, it’d be very easy to assume this big Hollywood scifi movie with Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, crazy aliens, and big ships is an action movie. It’s not. It’s something else—something much more special. Read More >>

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Serious Sci-Fi Masterpiece Arrival is Out Today in the UK – Here’s Our Review

Arrival is the kind of science fiction film we dream of. It’s got big stars, a bigger concept, and the longer it goes, the more it demands of its audience. The pacing is methodical, the story captivating, and filmmaking beautiful. You rarely have a clue where it’s going—but once it gets there, you won’t be able to get it out of your head. Read More >>

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The First ‘Arrival’ Trailer Makes Talking to Aliens Terrifying

We got about a minute of footage last week, and now the full trailer for the movie adaptation of Ted Chiang’s “Story Of Your Life” is here. And it is tense. Read More >>