I read a story several years ago in which aliens come make first contact with Earth, and a bunch of scientists set to work trying to establish communication with them in various fields. The main character is a linguist and her team is working to try to figure out their written language, which doesn't have any sort of linear structure and can be read starting from any place.
It contains some explanation of quantum physics as an analogy for how they view time.
In the end, it turns out that the aliens don't perceive time in a linear fashion, and sort of see the future on equal terms with the past, etc. The main character learns to see time this way by studying their language, and the story is interspersed with her talking about what her child is going to do / is doing / has done.
I think I read it in a science fiction magazine but I'm not sure about this part.