So I kind of dropped the ball on posting something earlier today because I was carried away by the excitement of this, my second guest post at Science In My Fiction. I attempted to outline what would be familiar about alien languages, and what wouldn't be.* We probably won't know if I actually succeeded until we make contact, however.
Anyway, click that link, read it, comment if you want, and then check back on Wednesday for the (ir)regular programming.
*If you were wondering why I hadn't posted anything linguisticky here for the last little while, this is largely why.