I have been told about a story and wondered if anyone could tell me what it is/where it comes from?

The plot is:

  • An alien visitor (crash?) lands on earth
  • Alien is taken prisoner by humans
  • Alien comes to believe that war on earth could be stopped if humans were taught the alien's language and be better able to communicate
  • Alien begs captors to let him teach his language, but to no avail
  • Alien eventually killed
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    The idea of an alien language being fundamental to changing human behavior is in Heinlein's Stranger In A Strange Land of course, but some of the other details don't match. – Daniel Roseman Nov 24 '12 at 18:21
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    Also used in Samuel Delaney's Babel17 except here learning the language turns you into an enemy agent. – Oldcat Jan 29 '15 at 1:26
  • I believe this may be a story by James White from his collection The Aliens Amongst Us - unfortunately I no longer own a copy, perhaps another contributor can comment? – Simon Bucher-Jones Nov 19 '17 at 20:38
  • I have "The Aliens Among Us". Sorry but I can't find a story that matches the description. – Mike Stone Jan 26 '18 at 22:21
  • Vaguely reminiscent of Frank Herbert's "Try to Remember" but details don't match. – user14111 Apr 5 '18 at 8:47

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