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I have no particular desire to see James Cameron's Avatar, but this link features the creator of the Na'vi language sketching out the linguistic basics of it. I don't know half of the technical terms off the top of my head, but I am fascinated by the infixes that inflect verbs for speaker attitude. (Plus the fact that you can string together a whole line of vowels, lol!)

On that matter, here's a critical, contextual look at the racial themes of Avatar: When Will White People Stop Making Movies Like Avatar? For a snarkier look at the movie, [livejournal.com profile] nihilistic_kid praises the film for being "a step forward in science fiction film in that it is only forty years behind science fiction literature rather than the usual fifty years".

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Date: 2009-12-20 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ithiliana.livejournal.com
Linguists love studying made up languages (arguably all human languages are made up, the difference is time and number of individuals involved!). If you're interested in the topic, have you heard of Suzette Haden Elgin's Laa'dan?

http://community.livejournal.com/laadan/

(I was interested in Cameron claiming that his language would be bigger than Klingon: I'm betting NOT, for multiple reasons, though I could be wrong).

From: [identity profile] reileen.livejournal.com
I've heard of Laadan through [livejournal.com profile] ysabetwordsmith's LJ, but haven't yet gotten a chance to check things out, thanks!

(I was interested in Cameron claiming that his language would be bigger than Klingon: I'm betting NOT, for multiple reasons, though I could be wrong).

That would be interesting to see. Based on a general impression of what I know about sci-fi fandom and about the Avatar movie, I'm going to guess that unless Avatar gets some sort of franchise (a TV series, a sequel (LOL), or something), it probably won't be as big as either Elvish or Tolkien. But never underestimate the power of fandom!

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