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?


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

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