So, let's talk about the linguists and the languages -- or, rather, "language specialists." Remember that the "team" is of officers and that
they are cross-trained in sciences and that we have not one but TWO "language specialists."
"Language specialist" is, indeed, a government designated job. It is not a scientist (that's a linguist) but is rather someone who is such an
expert in a language that they can translate "in real time" as the other person is speaking (like translators at the U.N.) :
I haven't touched on the fact that there is more than one person being "Anonymous"... I'll get to that later. However, the Anonymous Party First
Posting stated they sent along "language specialists"... therefore they have two people who speak fluent Eben, having learned it from goodole
And "Anony-Hoaxer" should know what they were, right? After all, he says he's the team leader. He's in the military. He's used language
services. Therefore he SHOULD know the difference between a "language specialist" and a liguist.
Niether does Anonymous Hoaxer #2.
"Anonymous Hoaxer2" (referrred to henceforth as "Clown2"), who is a little more sophisticated and somewhat better educated (or watches a better
class of movies) than Anony-Hoaxer one chimes in with this... I'll just quote it:
There were two females, one being a doctor and the other being a linguist.
Clown2, unlike Anony-Hoaxer, figured out that 10 years without sex was implausible so he'd send along a team lifted from "Incredible Planet" and
include a blonde and pliant physician along with a tastefully bosomed brunette who was a Real Linguist and not some goofball who happened to speak
fluent Eben. Now the ratio's down to 8 guys and 2 women or even 10 guys and two women.
(I'm waiting for Anonymous Clown#3 to show up and announce that it was actually six married couples.)
So let's review what Anony-Hoaxer and Clown2 said:
Although the Ebens couldn't speak English, they did make noises that our team members were able to translate into English. After five years,
we had their language completely translated into English
This was a gigantic problem, to say the least. It took our linguist specialists several years to adequately establish a form of communication
with the Ebens. A group of Ebens learned to understand English and a few other Earth languages.
And then they wave the "YOU guys are special because we've chosen to reveal this to YOU and not to the whole world" flag to make sure you will find
They then sit back and smile, presenting this galactic civilization -- which has scientists of all stripes (and linguists -- remember they translated
messages) and has computer equipment far beyond what we have today and devices we can't even imagine -- and this incredible advanced civilization
can't understand English adequately.
Ordinary Chinese people can understand English with training and immersion. Ordinary Watusis are capable of understanding and speaking English with
training. So can the K!ung. So can billions of other people who didn't grow up in English-speaking families.
The ordinary dog who lives in the household has been demonstrated to understand at least 150 different words, and trained dogs have been taught to
understand over 300 words: abc.net.au...
And we're expected to believe wholeheartedly that the Ebens with their advanced technology and civilization can't do better than a couple of
Labrador Retrievers and a parrot or two?
Eventually we crudely translated some of the languge.
...but they'd already translated enough to understand complex concepts like meeting, social structure,
We started with simple items, for example, the flying object that they used to travel around their planet on. Then things like houses, roads,
food, clothing, their suns, their planet, etc. Although we did establish some form of communication, it was crude and not always helpful for our Team
when something complicated happened.
So, in spite of knowing enough of the language to enter into a formal agreement with this civilization, the team is not taught any language and is
given "language specialists" who actually can't speak the language and/or linguists who take 5 years to figure out a language...
BACKGROUND : Ebe #1 provided a communication device that allowed us to contact Serpo.
With Ebe#1's assistance and language input, several signals were sent during the summer of 1952. In early fall of 1952, we received several signals
on the device.
Ebe #1 translated the messages and provided us with that information. (etc)
— The fifth message suggested an exchange program
Fearing that Ebe #1, who was sick at this point, did not translate the message correctly, our scientists began to translate the message, based
on the Eben language that was taught to us by Ebe #1.
And... most importantly:
Notably, "Project Aquarius," Volume IX, which pertains to tracing the alien's first visitation of Earth back some 5,000 years. EBE reported
that 2,000 years ago, his ancestors planted a human creature on earth to assist the inhabitants of Earth in developing a civilization.
So, on the one hand we have a civilization that monitored ours for at least 5,000 years and who sent a representative to "help" us "develop a
civilization" 2000 years ago. This would be at the time of the fall of Egypt, the waning of the Greek civilization, the height of the power of Rome,
the powerful Han dynasty in China, the Olmecs in the Americas (along with the rise of the Anasazi, Iroquois tribes), etc, etc.
Furthermore, the representative spoke one or more of those languages (some tonal, some gutteral, with a variety of phonemes)... and spoke it fluently
so he could communicate complex messages (you just KNOW they're setting it up to be Eben Representative=Jesus).
2,00 years later (during which they've been visiting us) they find that English is impossible to understand and they can't really translate it
well... and in fact, the best they can do is translate around 500 words.
We did have visitors from nine other star systems.
The Grays, which some people characterize as being like the Ebens, were not. They came from a planet near Alpha Centauri A.
They can communicate and interact with nine other kinds of alien civilizations (and a 10th one that they destroyed)...
...but they can't figure out English.
It's that darn Planetary Stupidity Field at work again!
[edit on 12-2-2006 by Byrd]