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Language is a process through which communication is carried out. Language can be spoken, written, gestural or a combination of two or more. The study of language is called linguistics.
On early Earth Starfleet starships, communication with other races and cultures was undertaken by a trained linguist. (ENT: "Broken Bow", et al) Over time, a universal translator was developed and installed on starships. Federation and Starfleet ships and space stations, as well as other races' ships and stations, now mostly rely on the universal translator, although the technology does sometimes have problems in translating some languages. (TOS: "The Cage", et al; TNG: "Darmok")
- See the languages category