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is anyone interested in learning an "exotic" language?

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Mech:
I don't remember if I have mentined it elsewhere, but in Na'vi I had found an opportunity to exercise my interest in "exotic" languages, both aesthetically and structurally. The whole mythology of Avatar is an allegory of the history of humanity, and I consider the Na'vi to be a pastiche of African/Oceanian/Native American peoples; i have read somewhere that Cameron loved the sound of Maori and wished for the language of his aliens to have an "exotic" flavor and Mr. Frommer did an excellent job.

Outside the relationship between Na'vi and "exotic" languages, I would like to ask fellow learners if anyone has an interest in such a language. Of course by "exotic" I dont mean Japanese, Chinese or Arabic, but rather aboriginal, native, and rare languages. I have tried to learn what I can (=not much) of Swahili, Quechua, Samoan, Tahitian and Hawaiian but I am far from having even a small discussion in any of them.

I'd like to see if anyone else shares such an interest, perhaps by ancestry or by plain curiosity, and if we could form a team to exchange study ideas and resources?

Toliman:
Yeah, I am a bit. I like Polynesian languages.

I sometimes study Hawaiian (currently not extra intensive but I would like change it) and I am also a bit interested in Maorian.

Mech:
that's nice to hear Toliman. What is your motivation? Ancestry? Academic interest/curiosity? or aesthetic pleasure?

Toliman:

--- Quote from: Mech on July 27, 2018, 05:54:22 am ---What is your motivation? Ancestry? Academic interest/curiosity? or aesthetic pleasure?

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Curiosity + polynesian languages sounds really nice for me :)
I am interested in polynesian star lore (and a bit Polynesian culture generally too) so my interest started here.


--- Quote from: Mech on July 26, 2018, 03:45:00 pm ---i have read somewhere that Cameron loved the sound of Maori and wished for the language of his aliens to have an "exotic" flavor and Mr. Frommer did an excellent job.

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Yeah, and it one of reasons why I love Na'vi language - Na'vi words sounds such nice!


And what is your motivation? Just linguistic or also some other reasons?

Mech:
I am with you here. It's a combination of my attraction to uncommon/exotic things, esthetic appeal, and curiosity about languages. Polynesian languages seem very different from Old World languages (even non-Indoeuropean ones), and they make me even more curious about the way that thoughts are expressed.

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