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Is Na'vi the name of the language?
« on: April 28, 2010, 07:23:16 pm »
The name Na'vi, from what I know, pertains to the race of humanoid beings that live on Pandora. Now, I have never heard one of these beings call their language Na'vi; I have only heard humans say so. So, one of the things I ask is this: 

Should the term "Na'vi" refer to the race or the language.

For those who say it should refer to the race only, should there be a new name for the language? Perhaps the new word could be something like "The Word of the People".

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Re: Is Na'vi the name of the language?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2010, 08:05:51 pm »
Should the term "Na'vi" refer to the race or the language.

In what language?  In Na'vi itself, you cannot use Na'vi alone to refer to the language.  You have to use either an adverb or use the phrase lì'fya leNa'vi the Na'vi language.  But in English it's fine to use the word for both the people and the language, as we all — including Paul Frommer — have been doing for several months now.
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Re: Is Na'vi the name of the language?
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2010, 04:02:33 am »
Noun:
LeNa'via lì'fya to 'inglisi siltsan lu
The Na'vi language is better than english

Adverb:
Oe plltxe niNa'vi
I speak Na'vi
Na'vi descrives how you speak, you could say: I speak Na'vily for that matter, but english has no -ly ending on languages as adverbs.

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Re: Is Na'vi the name of the language?
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010, 05:15:14 am »
Irayo! This has been on my mind for a while, but now I understand.
Failure is the mother of success.
Soon, we will no longer be the leaves on the wind, but the wind itself.
You don't have to be a scholar to be a leader.
Join the real life Na'vi tribe here  (And yes, it will be a real tribe in the real world, NOT a role play tribe!)

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Re: Is Na'vi the name of the language?
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2010, 03:22:00 pm »
In Na'vi itself, you cannot use Na'vi alone to refer to the language.

What about 'Ivong Na'vi?
Ma evi, ke'u ke lu prrte' to fwa sim tuteot ayawne.
Slä txo tuteo fmi 'ivampi ngat ro seng, fu nìfya'o, a 'eykefu ngati vä', tsakem ke lu sìltsan.
Tsaw lu ngeyä tokx! Kawtu ke tsun nìmuiä 'ivampi ngat txo ngal ke new tsakemit.
Ha kempe si nga? Nì'awve, nga plltxe san kehe. Tsakrr, ngal tsatsengti hum!

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Re: Is Na'vi the name of the language?
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2010, 03:36:52 pm »
In Na'vi itself, you cannot use Na'vi alone to refer to the language.

What about 'Ivong Na'vi?


I think of it as referring to a broader concept of "may the Na'vi and their language bloom/thrive." They are not real, but a metaphor for lots of things that ARE (including the language).  ;)

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Re: Is Na'vi the name of the language?
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2010, 03:38:11 pm »
In Na'vi itself, you cannot use Na'vi alone to refer to the language.

What about 'Ivong Na'vi?


We are reffering to Na'vi in general here i think...

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Re: Is Na'vi the name of the language?
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2010, 03:39:47 pm »
In Na'vi itself, you cannot use Na'vi alone to refer to the language.

What about 'Ivong Na'vi?


I believe that was originally a comment on the ma sempul letter that Frommer adopted as a slogan, it's possible he never got round to correcting Marcus from Galway's usage.
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