If the linguist in Arrival spoke Pittsburghese

I never ever thought I’d hear anyone say “Sapir-Whorf hypothesis” in a movie, but I heard it in Arrival! Ok, it was a science fiction film. See trailer here. Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is asked to help the United States communicate with aliens, and she’s the one who talks about the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.

I liked the movie, but something inside me made me wonder how it would have been different if Professor Banks had been fluent in Pittsburghese. See yinz.

What do yinz want?

Tayasui Sketches, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil

3 thoughts on “If the linguist in Arrival spoke Pittsburghese

  1. Oh, I’d like to see that movie! Love all the links! A great drawing as well. I have a book, which I find fascinating, called “Language, Thought and Reality” with the subtitle, “Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf” – edited by John B.Carroll…. a thoroughly intriguing read… What a wonderful post, Paul, thank you!

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