The movie Avatar has just been released. It’s in 3D, but I watched it in a four-inch window here. While no money was wasted creating a new plot–they just recycled the same old sci-fi plots that have been used for years–quite a bit of effort was spent on the effects and on the language. It has an artificial language, Na’vi, created just for the movie, an improvement over devices like Yoda-style English accent that inspired this Yoda-speak generator.
Constructed languages are nothing new. Omniglot lists several dozen “con-scripts”, alphabets constructed by readers. In the meantime Yoko Ono (thanks, Marilyn Richardson!) is commemorating the 1969 “War is over if you want it” campaign with downloadable posters in 60 languages, including Klingon, Chethlonian (???–Hebrew Hethlon?), Kamakawi and Lojban.
Image: “War is over” in Klingon.