Professor Paul Frommer, creator of Na’vi, is coming to Fremantle, Western Australia, to speak at the Biennial National Conference of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators 5~6 November at the University of Notre Dame.
Prof. Frommer from the University of Southern California has studied languages from Mandarin to Hebrew. He was asked by Avatar director, James Cameron, to create a complete language with a totally consistent sound system, morphology and syntax. Cameron asked Prof. Frommer to make sure the language was pleasant and appealing on screen. Na’vi started with a vocabulary of about 1000 words and it is growing even now. Frommer trained the Na’vi speakers on the set. Speakers of Na’vi on Earth include Jake, played by the Perth actor Sam Worthington.
Prof. Frommer has long been interested in inter-galactic languages and he has previously written exercises for his students in deciphering Klingon, another screen language.
Na’vi continues to attract new speakers and Prof. Frommer has been giving lectures on the language including a recent humorous talk called Sweet Nothings in Na’vi at University of Southern California.
If you ever wanted to go to Pandora and know how to talk with the natives, Prof. Frommer is your man. Hear him speak in Fremantle by registering for the conference at http://www.ausitconference.org and maybe even learn some new Na’vi words from the creator himself.
AUSIT is the professional organisation of translators and interpreters in Australia.
For the seventh time since 1999, the most prominent representatives of the translating and interpreting profession and industry come together for a weekend of sharing and learning at a National Biennial Conference. In 2010, the event is taking place in Western Australia.
Previous AUSIT Biennial National Conferences have attracted an ever increasing number of translators, interpreters, language professionals and corporate agencies. In 2010 we expect well over 300 representatives, both local, national and international from a wide range of applied language professions, educational institutions, government organisations and the corporate sector.
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