James Cameron

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James Cameron as a Na'vi

James Cameron is the writer and director of the movie Avatar. In making plans for the movie, he decided that the alien race would speak a "real" language rather than just alien-sounding gibberish. He hired Paul Frommer, a linguist from the University of Southern California (USC) to create that language, which we now know as Na'vi.

Cameron chose among three different alien language sample sounds presented to him by Frommer, deciding that the language using ejectives sounded the best. Cameron also provided Frommer with thirty names and words he had already written into the script; Frommer incorporated those "proto-Na'vi" words into the complete language as he developed it.

Cameron has said that he wants Na'vi to "out-Klingon Klingon."[1]


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