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How Star Trek: The Next Generation Predicted Meme Culture
“Darmok,” the 102nd episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, is a longtime favorite among both Trekkies and linguists. Case in point: the first time I saw it wasn’t on TV but in a linguistic anthropology class at the University of Minnesota. In the episode, Picard and the Enterprise crew encounter the Children of Tama, who speak entirely in metaphors and references—a system that stumps the Trek world’s universal translator, which can only translate the literal meaning of the words.
startrek  tng  st:tng  memes  linguistics  darmokian  gretchenmcculloch  internet 
july 2018 by laurenipsum
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