News outlets this morning are all over the story of a couple renewing the vows in a ‘traditional’ ceremony at a luxury resort in the Maldives:READ MORE
I’ve been alerted that Na’vi creator Paul Frommer is visiting Australia, and presenting some talks on his creation.
Na’vi, for those who do not remember, is the language created specially for James Cameron’s visually spectacular movie Avatar. The constructed language has become a bit of a runaway in constructed languages. It is, judging from its internet presence, the most successful constructed languages made for fiction since Marc Okrand’s Klingon.READ MORE
Claire Bowern writes: You may have heard in the news this week that linguists have discovered a new language. I am more flabbergasted at the press it’s got than at the “discovery” itself. After all, we don’t know how many languages there are in the world; there are no accurate global catalogues (though there are a [...]READ MORE
James McElvenny writes: A name that’s been on my lips quite a bit lately is Deutsche Bahn, the name of the German train service. It generally gets muttered under my breath – along with some lovely English words that can surely be reconstructed for proto-Germanic – because my train is delayed. With the ongoing celebrations [...]READ MORE