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Offline GEOvanne

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First words
« on: January 29, 2011, 03:35:05 pm »
I read that Cameron made up 30 words initially for the language, what were this words?

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Re: First words
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2011, 03:49:10 pm »
Mainly proper nouns (like names for characters and places).
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Re: First words
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2011, 04:10:56 pm »
Taronyu's dictionary has all of the following words with JC in the source field.  The ones in bold are JC only, the others are JC, PF.   

'itan
'ite
atan
au
eyk
eyktan
i'en
irayo
mikyun
olo'eyktan
ontu
seyri
taron
taronyu
te
toruk makto
tsaheylu
unil
uniltìrantokx
Akwey
Ateyitan
Ateyo
ayVitrayä Ramunong
Eytukan
Eywa
Eywa’eveng
Iknimaya
Mo’at
Mo’at’ite
Neytiri
Ninat
Omatikaya
Otranyu
Rongloa
Silwanin
Tsahìk
Tskaha
Tsu'tey
Tsumongwi
Utral Aymokriyä
atokirina'
ikran
nantang
palulukan
riti
talioang
teylu
toruk
Eywa ngahu
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Re: First words
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2011, 04:18:34 pm »
Thank you for the list, ma Tirea Ikran! :D Cameron found great Na'vi names and words, indeed. I didn't know about that! :o

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Re: First words
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2011, 04:33:25 pm »
Na'vi itself is also from Cameron ;)
When the mirror speaks, the reflection lies.

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Re: First words
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2011, 04:43:55 pm »
Na'vi itself is also from Cameron ;)

Yes, you're absolutely right!  For some reason it didn't show up in the search, and I didn't even notice.  :)
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Re: First words
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2011, 04:45:51 pm »
For some reason it didn't show up in the search, and I didn't even notice.  :)

It's because dictionary says it's from Pawl.
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Re: First words
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2011, 10:15:55 pm »
So kaltxì is purely Frommerian?

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Re: First words
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2011, 10:54:49 pm »
At the talk I went to he referenced creating kaltxì; he said he wanted it to be more difficult to pronounce than a normal "hello" greeting on Earth would be.

IIRC. :P I'm pretty sure it's purely his creation.

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Re: First words
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2011, 11:13:15 pm »
Also found here ;)

Quote from: Wikibooks / Na'vi / History / ...

Cameron's Na'vi words

Cameron created some three dozen personal, plant, and animal names and cultural words in his scriptment. He had been to New Zealand a few years before, and says that he had the sound of the Māori language in mind when he came up with the names; Frommer also noticed a "Polynesian flavor". Cameron's words are:

Na’vi "the People"
Omaticaya (Omatikaya) (clan name)
Neytíri (heir to Mo’at)
atokirina’ "seed of the Great Tree"
Tsu’téy (heir to Eytukan)
tsahik (tsáhìk) "shaman"
Éytukan (clan leader)
Eywa "Gaia"
Mó’at (clan shaman)
Neytiri te Ckaha Mo’at’ite, Neytiri Mo’at’ite "Neytiri of the Tskaha, daughter of Mo’at"
teylu "grubs"
Silwanin (sister of Neytiri)
shahaylu (tsaheylu) "neural bond"
ikran "banshee"
taronyu "hunter"
seyri "lip"
ontu "nose"
mikyun "ear"
nari "eye"
ireiyo "thank you"
Iknimaya (approx. "stairway to heaven")
sa’atenuk (sa’nok) "mother"
toruk "last shadow"
Vitraya Ramunong ("well of souls") (≈ ayvitrayä ramunong)
Toruk Macto (toruk makto) "rider of last shadow"
uniltaron "dream hunt" (initiation)
utraya mokri (utral aymokriyä) "tree of voices"
Ninat (female name)
Beyral (Peyral) (female name)
olo’eyctan (olo’eyktan) "clan leader"
Tsu’tey te Rongloa Ateyitan "Tsu’tey of the Rongloa, son of Ateyo"


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Re: First words
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2011, 11:46:55 pm »
For some reason it didn't show up in the search, and I didn't even notice.  :)

It's because dictionary says it's from Pawl.

Perhaps because Cameron didn't really know what he was getting into with those apostrophes.  I think it was Frommer who actually decided to make ' a sound.
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Re: First words
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2011, 01:02:26 pm »
Perhaps because Cameron didn't really know what he was getting into with those apostrophes.  I think it was Frommer who actually decided to make ' a sound.

I'm pretty sure Cameron told Frommer that the ' was there because he wanted a stop in the word. It's on one of the CE disks. So Na'vi wold be a purely Cammeronian word.
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