Robots - the new linguistic informants?
Many have compared real robots with stars like HAL9000 and R2D2. Engineers and others who design such machines like to be reminded of movie heroes. As a result, while science fiction affects robotics, cognitive science also comes under the influence of the world of films. Below, this view is supplemented by taking the perspective of a person watcher. What is learned from observing real robots? What does this imply for both folk views of language and those of trained linguists?