@allthingslinguistic Interesting. To make it play well to non-linguist audiences, I think the writers would have to demonstrate the point a couple of times with similar examples where the language it makes sense in is English (and the aliens don't get it, and say so).
Hm. Would that work well for English? There's definitely other languages that would work better for a lot of those particular examples (e.g. different implied-relative-social-position forms of words, more tenses and such).
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