So, the Na’vi language: what do you think of it, and are you planning to learn it?
I’ve been studying it obsessively for the last two weeks, and I think it’s awesome - sounds really good, and has a fairly simple, though still appealingly exotic, grammar. I especially like how it handles the verbs. Conjugation done via infixes is very elegant, and produces good-sounding combinations mostly, though it makes the verb roots somewhat difficult to recognize in oral speech. Besides, the free word order and the way prepositions work both allow for a great freedom of expression.
Also, concerning those of the Na’vi kin here, who adhere to the ‘past life memories’ theory: isn’t it reasonable to suppose that learning and speaking the language will help unlock these memories further? (I personally don’t believe in the past lives or reincarnation, except in a Jungian sense, but that’s a topic for another time, I guess).
P.S. A great resource for learning the Na’vi tongue, with a very enthusiastic and dedicated community is www.learnnavi.org (though you probably know about it already).
P.P.S. You can listen to the Na'vi spoken by the language's creator, Paul Frommer, here: http://masempul.org/. This site also hosts a petition to Dr. Frommer to continue developing the language and sharing it with us. Please find time to sign it, if you haven't done so already!
- Language of the Na’vi