Meet the Canadian woman Hollywood calls when they need to talk to

first_img“I spend a lot of my time working on Mayan languages,” Coon says of her study at McGill University in Montreal where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Linguistics. When aliens first appear in the movie Arrival, no one can understand them, so a linguistics professor — an expert in lost languages played by Amy Adams — is asked to figure out a way to communicate with them. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement “Before they started filming they sent me several drafts of the screenplay and I was asked just to give feedback on some of the more linguistically relevant parts,” she says. To get the movie’s science right, the producers called upon Jessica Coon, a real life linguistics professor.center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Once filming began, the production worked to have their fictional expert match their real-life consultant. Twitterlast_img

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