Thursday, February 12, 2009

Shaka, when the walls fell

I think that "Star Trek: Next Generation" episode called Darmok, where Captain Picard has to struggle to learn to communicate in a language that's all based on events from folklore and history, is one of the best ever.

The Darmok Dictionary lists the various phrases from that episode and their meanings. Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra! Temba, his arms wide!


Mertseger said...

Here's a thorough examination of the episode and its problems by a grad-student of Linguistics.

Jeff Sparkman said...

My son is a high-functioning autistic, and when he was learning to talk, this episode always came to mind, except he would reference lines from cartoons and others' conversations instead of Darmok.

He's gotten a lot more conversational, but he still does it sometimes.

Now that I think of it, if I showed him this episode, it might create a hole in spacetime or something...