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Linguistics; crosscultural communication; Foreigner series; part two...

Maybe I could help with a starter question....

Consider the fact that the female extraterrestrials in the Foreigner series -- the female atevi -- are larger and stronger than male Terrans, making them easily able to pick up Terran males and carry them around. We're not used to that here on Earth; although we know there may be rare outlier exceptions, our expectation is that males will be able to pick up and carry females, but not vice versa.

So... Would that cause problems for Terran males when they were interacting with female atevi?

If you're a human man, would knowing that this atevi woman could easily pick you up and haul you away interfere with your communication with her? Would that difference in strength make you feel uncomfortable in front of Terran women, or in front of Terran children? Would it make you talk differently? Would it change your body language? Suppose an atevi woman made a sudden move in your direction ... would you jump back like a startled deer?

Suppose your Terran wife (or partner) asked an atevi woman to lift or move something, because she thought it was too heavy for you to lift or move; would you be offended? Would you feel tempted -- or obliged -- to ask your wife/partner never to do that again?

If you were the Terran wife in question, and your husband made that request of you, would that lead to communication problems between the two of you? Would you be tempted to tell him not to be so childish, for example? And if you gave in to that temptation, how do you suppose he would react?
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