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Industry Education
Occupation Linguist
Location Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Introduction Linguist by day, musician by evening, paladin by night, photographer by convenience.
Interests trombone, language, linguistics, fantasy, video games, books, photography
Favorite Music Shostakovich, Brian Balmages, Ben Gibbard, Diana Krall, Stan Kenton, cats meowing in harmony
Favorite Books Stranger in a Strange Land, A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Wayfarer Redemption, Kushiel's Dart, Aristophanes

You've got to make contact with the alien leader. How will you tell when the conversation is finished?

I will have analyzed the alien's TCUs and TCU continuations and be able to tell when we have reached a conversational transition point, and I won't transition. In this manner, I will demonstrate to the alien leader that I control the flow of conversation, which implies that I hold the power in this situation. A linguist always triumphs!