Tea Dietterich meets with Avatar Na’vi language creator in L.A.

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Multimedia Languages & Marketing Director Tea C. Dietterich just returned from L.A. where whe met with Professor Paul R. Frommer, creator of the Na’vi language for James Cameron’s film “Avatar”. Tea Dietterich, who is also Vice President of AUSIT (Australian Institute of Interpreters & Translators) invited Professor Frommer to be keynote speaker at the 2010 Biennial National AUSIT Conference in Fremantle on 5/6 Nov 2010 and spent several days in Los Angeles to learn more about the Communications Professor at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and to finalise details about his forthcoming trip to Australia.

In 2005, Frommer was hired by James Cameron to develop an entirely new language for the Na’vi, the indigenous race of humanoids on the moon Pandora in Cameron’s groundbreaking film Avatar. In addition to determining the sound system and grammar of the language, he constructed vocabulary and translated the Na’vi dialog not only for Avatar itself but also for the related video games. He also worked closely with the actors in the film to help them deliver their Na’vi lines convincingly. Since the release of Avatar, Na’vi has attracted a worldwide community of enthusiasts who are assisting Frommer in expanding the language further. In addition to Na’vi, he is now working on the Martian language for Disney’s upcoming film John Carter of Mars.

Professor Paul Frommer will be travelling to Australia in November 2010 for the 2010 Biennial National AUSIT Conference. Please visit www.ausitconference.org for more details about the conference.

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