Languages contain patterns on many levels. There are patterns in the sounds we make, and in those we hear, patterns in the words we use and more patterns in the sentences we use. There are also patterns in the essays, stories, and books we write. Linguistics is all about discovering and understanding how all these patterns work together.
When Kate Parker decided to write an article for the Institute of Engineering and Technology she turned to SIL International for answers. The questions are: How would we learn an alien language? How would technology help?