Patt Morrison for December 22, 2009

The language of Avatar

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Is 3-D the king of the world?

The special effects are incredible! The 3-D out-of-this-world! But what about the language? Is it real? Who created it? Cameron hired a linguistic expert from USC to create a unique, and very real, language for Avatar (If we learned anything from Titanic it’s how meticulous Cameron is about every detail of a film). It took over a year to craft the language used by the humanoids on the planet “Pandora” and it still isn’t perfected. So, how does one create a language out of nothing and what will be done with it now that the movie’s over—other than work on the sequel, of course?

Guest:

Paul R. Frommer Ph.D, Professor of Clinical Management Communication, USC Marshall School of Business


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