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Na’vi through different clans

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cavador27:
I have been wondering about the same question every time I see Avatar:
Does spoken Na’vi vary systematically with the different clans of Pandora?

To clarify, systematically in this sense means that there are phonetic changes that ALWAYS hold true.

The main argument I see to support this theory is that in the real world, many widespread languages vary systematically with pronunciation. At a larger scale, there are Chinese, Arabic, and their linguistic counterparts, all of which have many different dialects that are each in effect their own language. For example, a speaker of Levantine Arabic can barely if at all understand a speaker of Moroccan Arabic, and likewise. Might this be so in Na’vi?
There are also smaller examples, like in English. Even though speakers of British English, Australian English, and American English can understand eachother, there are still many systematic phonetic differences.
But what about the so-called Brooklynese? Even though this accent is not only native to Brooklyn but to NYC as a whole, there are still less than 10 million speakers in all (and the number is slowly dwindling). Speakers of Brooklynese are known for three major phonetic changes that are very systematic and regular. These changes hold with every speaker, even though there are so few.

These smaller examples are roughly anologous to the clans of Pandora. So shouldn’t the clans speak systematically different, or at least dialected, variations of Na’vi as well?

- cavador27

Vawmataw:
I believe in dialects, too, but we have absolutely no information about language except in the movie and the ASG.

Toliman:
Yeah, I believe in dialect too. I would be very surprised if there was not any dialects across all clans on Pandora.
But it's true that we have not any information about this...

Wllìm:
I think dialects would indeed be plausible. However, because the Na'vi can hear the voices of their ancestors at the Tree of Voices, it could be that language change happens slower than on Earth :-\

Toliman:

--- Quote from: Wllìm on December 16, 2018, 11:20:51 am ---However, because the Na'vi can hear the voices of their ancestors at the Tree of Voices, it could be that language change happens slower than on Earth :-\

--- End quote ---
Yeah, I thought about it too. However I think that despite it there is still enough space for language changes, I think.
But your idea is completelly right.

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