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Parlez-vous Na`Vi?

By December 18, 2009March 24th, 2020Newswires

Parlez-vous Na`Vi?

WASHINGTON (AFP) – In Middle Earth, they speak Elvish; on the Final Frontier, some speak Klingon. And now on the planet Pandora, the world created by film director James Cameron for his new movie "Avatar", they speak Na`Vi.

The movie features dazzling special effects, blue aliens, and a brand new language called Na`Vi, which features clicks, glottal stops and unique ways of conjugating verbs, and was created by University of Southern California professor Paul Frommer.

Frommer stayed away from made-up languages like J.R.R. Tolkien`s various Elvish dialects or Klingon — crafted for "Star Trek" and which has since spawned an opera and a Klingon translation of Shakespeare`s "Hamlet".

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