That was a good movie with a great soundtrack.lesley_vos wrote: ↑Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:41 amI think many of us watched Arrival movie: the linguist is hired to interpret aliens' language for us people to understand their thoughts and intentions. They (aliens) don't think with language space-time concepts, which is beyond human brain's understanding. Yes, they (aliens) express these thoughts with a kinda language (circular symbols), but these symbols can't be called "letters"...
What I am trying to say, people simply can't think and communicate without a language today. Though, the concept itself has a place to be
The interesting point about the language within that movie was its emphasis on holism. Concepts cannot be defined on their own terms without be viewed as extensions of a "whole". They (the aliens) observed this holism through an inherent circular structure as a constant within all their symbols. The variations occurred with the different "ink blots" being placed at different intervals within the circle.
The majority of their language, it appeared, was based structurally around the movement of time and it appeared, at least to me, what they understood of a triadic "past/present/future" tense was summed up in a different manner than what we would interpret time as currently. Instead of time, it seemed that they emphasized concepts strictly as spatial curvature or rather these concepts manifested each other as ever present within space as space. Time was not a boundary this language observed.
The problem occurs, as the language being susceptible to time, had a constant nature where the terms corresponded to an existence which cannot be temporal in nature. In simple terms, because the language was not subject to time it lacked an approximate nature where "if the concept is spoken, it must inherently actualized". Time, through approximation, allows a certain degree of "freedom" paradoxically and considering these languages had no time value "if symbolized it must be actualized".
The reason I state this is that the aliens already knew their future and they used language as a means to bridge it through a relation with humanity. The language acted as a foundation for a percieved future, and because of it lack the approximate nature of time constraints.
The question occurs as to whether they actualized the percieved future, through the language, or was the language a means to bring order to a future appearing chaotic on its own terms? The most likely situation was both, in which the aliens observed language as a structure which not only formed reality but maintained a form of stability against chaos or the void.
In these respects, the aliens synthesized their survival through a culture of language.