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Dear language enthusiasts

I’m writing my PhD thesis about constructed languages and their speech communities. I want to find out who the people behind the languages are. I have devised a questionnaire to gather basic information. This will be completed by a second questionnaire and in-depth interviews.

I’d really appreciate your help. So, if you have 5 to 15 minutes, please follow the link below and fill in the questionnaire.

Here is the link: https://conlangsstepone.limequery.com/493868?lang=en

If you have any questions or concerns, just comment below.

Thank you so much!

Best regards,
Lisa
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Linguistics / Re: Na’vi through different clans
« Last post by Toliman on Today at 11:40:49 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 :-\
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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Linguistics / Re: Na’vi through different clans
« Last post by Wllìm on Today at 11:20:51 am »
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 :-\
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Science / Re: Astronomy thread/Kìng a teri tanhìä tìftia
« Last post by Toliman on Today at 10:54:06 am »
I also saw several other objects such as ... NGC 2164, NGC 2244 and NGC 2264.
NGC2164? It's open cluster with 10 mag at LMC in Doradus constellation, deeply on southern sky ;)
If you can see it, I want move to your location ;D


Now I'm wondering if I only saw M81 and not M82. If I had moved my scope a bit to the left I would have seen it.
I would say that you could see both galaxiers, if transparency was good.
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Science / Re: Astronomy thread/Kìng a teri tanhìä tìftia
« Last post by Vawmataw on Today at 10:31:45 am »
How good was sky condidions, ma Vawmataw?
They were quite good IMO. The sky ended up clear and the transparency was good. I could resolve NGC 457 with a certain easiness. The comet was visible with direct vision (no averted vision).

Now I'm wondering if I only saw M81 and not M82. If I had moved my scope a bit to the left I would have seen it.
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Science / Re: Astronomy thread/Kìng a teri tanhìä tìftia
« Last post by Toliman on Today at 09:57:04 am »
How good was sky condidions, ma Vawmataw?

Sounds good, ma `Eylan Ayfalulukanä :)
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Linguistics / Re: Na’vi through different clans
« Last post by Toliman on Today at 09:52:19 am »
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...
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Linguistics / Re: Na’vi through different clans
« Last post by Vawmataw on Today at 09:30:09 am »
I believe in dialects, too, but we have absolutely no information about language except in the movie and the ASG.
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Linguistics / Na’vi through different clans
« Last post by cavador27 on Today at 08:54:31 am »
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
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I had a very interesting public astronomy event this evening: The launch party for the Orbital Reflector spacecraft. Launched aboard the SpaceX SSO-A mission with 63 other satellites, it has yet to be deployed. It has no NORAD number yet. Like the Humanity Star, the primary purpose of the Orbital Reflector satellite is to be seen from earth. This project was sponsored by the Nevada Museum of Art, right here in sleepy little Reno, Nevada.

The night started out cloudy, but the Celestron C11 was able to punch through the high clouds and give us a view of the moon and Mars. But then, unexpectedly, the skies cleared, and we then also observed M15, the Pleadies, M42 and a couple other showy objects. We tried to look at the comet, but there was too much light pollution where we were (in downtown Reno, which is a casino town, and therefore filed with light at night). All in all it was a really fun night, with some fine opportunities for public outreach.

I will look at the comet from home, after the moon sets, which should ve very soon here!
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