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Old May 6 2010, 02:51 AM   #4
Location: UK
Re: Was Uhura a linguist?

In a first contact situation, being communications officer means working out what frequencies the aliens are transmitting on, whether they're using FM or AM, NTSC or PAL or H-D, aanalogue or digital (as it were) etc etc, and ultimately getting the universal translator to latch onto their language patterns (which is probably a lot easier with a substantial knowledge of the basic development of languages in general).
All in all, Uhura must be halfway between a linguist and a code-breaker, with a side order of philologist and engineer, to be able to do her job of enabling Kirk to say 'This is James T Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, we come in peace'.
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