How do you give directions if your language has no &quot;left&quot; or &quot;right&quot;? Why would you need a word for the number 1.25? And how do you translate a joke? David Bellos looks at the peculiarities of language and the art of translation as a part of his book IS THAT A FISH IN YOUR EAR? TRANSLATION AND THE MEANING OF EVERYTHING.
Avatar is a fantasy about sameness and difference. The hero is a human being. He's the emissary of a human mining company who is transformed by a fantasy scientific process into something else, into a native of this other planet, Pandora. So, his job is to infiltrate this other culture, this very other place, so as to feedback to his human controllers the information they need to pursue their mining project.
David Bellos on Big Think: In his book, Is That a Fish in Your Ear? Translation and The Meaning of Everything, master translator David Bellos argues that “Babel tells the wrong story. The most likely original use of human speech was to be different, not the same.”