Sunday, December 20, 2009
Three days ago after coming back from Avatar I noticed that Facebook didn't yet have a group for those who wanted to learn the language, so I created one, called Learn the Na'vi language. Three days later after zero publicity whatsoever it now has 54 members. There still is no official grammar for the language so right now it's more of an effort to decipher the grammar from all the examples that have been given so far than a place where one can just stop by and learn the language, but there's still quite a bit of good information there. I'm usually not all that interested in conlangs compared to auxlangs, but that's because each conlang almost always has such a small and ephemeral community that its long-term future is almost never assured, but with tens or hundreds of millions of people that will be watching Avatar, the long-term future of Na'vi seems to be assured so it's worth taking a look at.
I have been getting in a few discussions online since the release of the movie over whether those that like the movie will then make the transition into being more interested in concrete action like learning astronomy, writing one's member of Congress/Parliament for more funding, etc. I think the answer is yes.