Some Highlights of Na’vi

James Cameron’s sci-fi blockbuster Avatar is opening this weekend with much fanfare. As has been widely reported, Cameron enlisted a linguist, Paul Frommer of USC’s Marshall School of Business, to create the Na’vi language, spoken by the inhabitants of the alien world Pandora.


Na’vi has 20 consonants, 7 vowels, 4 diphthongs, and 2 syllabic “pseudovowels,” rr and ll.