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English citations of Na'vi

Noun: race of aliens in the 2009 movie Avatar[edit]

  • 2009 December 18, Manohla Dargis, “A New Eden, Both Cosmic and Cinematic”, The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
    With his avatar, Jake will look just like one of the natives, the Na’vi, a new identity that gives the movie its plot turns and politics.
  • 2009 December 27, Glen Raphael, “In the Na'vi (Avatar remix)”, YouTube, accessed on 2012-10-28:
    In the Na'vi, you get to climb enchanted trees
    In the Na'vi, you can dragon-fly with ease....
  • 2010 February 8, Hopkins, Kathryn, “Indian tribe appeals for Avatar director's help to stop Vedanta”, The Guardian, ISSN 0261-3077, retrieved on 2012-10-28:
    Like the Na'vi tribe in Cameron's blockbuster Avatar, who are desperately trying to stop humans from mining under their sacred 'home tree' in Pandora, the Dongria Kondh are trying to stop Vedanta from opening its mine on the mountain they worship.
  • 2011 September 20, Matt Whyman, Oink: My Life with Mini-Pigs, New York: Simon & Schuster, ISBN 9781451618303, OL 25417496M, page 292:
    “Nobody calls my friend a Smurf,” said Tom, quite calmly, while weighing a monkey wrench in his hands. “He’s gone to a lot of effort to look like a Na’vi warrior. Show some respect.”
  • 2012 October 3, Sylla Saint-Guily, “Happy Science is the laziest cult ever”, Vice, ISSN 1077-6788: 
    Besides our introduction to your standard set of extraterrestrials—a load of reptilians and a plethora of very similar aliens that all looked suspiciously like the guys you see smoking bongs on those glow-in-the-dark posters—we also learned that, because there are Wookiees in Star Wars and Na'vi in Avatar, George Lucas and James Cameron have both definitely come into contact with creatures from outer space.
  • 2012 October 24, Chaney, Jen, “Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake wedding photo finally unveiled; Bobby Brown reportedly arrested”, The Washington Post, retrieved on 2012-10-28:
    Here is a preview of what Zoe Saldana will look like when she plays Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic about the singer. (Spoiler: No hint of Na’vi here.)
  • 2012 October 25, Philips, Ted, “Film Review: Cloud Atlas”, The Chronicle, Duke University, retrieved on 2012-10-28:
    None of the race-changing makeup is convincing. Hugo Weaving (oh, yeah, he’s in it too) is still Hugo Weaving, albeit a slightly creepy, Na’vi-esque version of himself.


  • 2009 November 24, Nicole Pitesa, James Cameron's Avatar: The Na'vi Quest, New York: HarperFestival, ISBN 9780061801266, OL 25417128M, pages 2-3:
    They explained to Jake that the program had discovered a way to combine human DNA with Na'vi DNA to grow a hybrid they called an avatar.

Noun: artificial language designed for Avatar (2009) and spoken by this race[edit]

  • 2010 January 18, “Glory for Avatar at Golden Globes”, BBC News:
    But he steered clear of the self-aggrandising language of his "king of the world" Oscar acceptance speech, heaping praise upon Bigelow, and addressing his actors in Na'vi, the language created for his blockbuster film.
  • 2010 April 26, Donohoe, Graeme, “I Av a dream”, The Sun, United Kingdom, ISSN 0307-2681, retrieved on 2012-10-28:
    Sci-fi movie nut Richard dresses up as one of the big, blue aliens and speaks the Na’vi language from the Oscar-winning flick.
  • 2011 January 16, ErasDelfia19, “Learn Na´vi Lesson 1 - Part 1”, YouTube, accessed on 2012-10-26:
    The following is a pronunciation guide to help out with some of the pronunciation of the more difficult Na'vi sounds.
  • 2011 March 9, Paul R. Frommer; Edward Finegan, Looking at Languages: A Workbook in Elementary Linguistics, Fifth edition, Cengage Learning, ISBN 9780495912316, OL 25417132M, page 35:
    In this exercise you will analyze some verb forms in Na'vi, the language designed by Paul Frommer for the inhabitants of the moon Pandora in James Cameron's film Avatar. As you will discover, Na'vi verbs are inflected in a way not often encountered in Earth languages.
  • 2011 March 20, Dusty White, The Easiest Way to Learn Na'vi EVER!!, volume 1, CreateSpace, ISBN 9781461002567, OL 25417130M, page 1:
    Several of us have invested hundreds and even thousands of dollars and several months of our lives writing books on Na'vi, producing and distributing podcasts, teaching Na'vi lessons online, in-person, opening up forums, designing costume tutorials, teaching Na'vi make-up, and spreading Na'vi culture.
  • 2011 June 25, John E. Clifford, “Re: [lojban] Re: How it should have been. And how it could be.”, Google Groups: lojban:
    As a further strike, Lojban is looked upon as a cult language, like Klingon and Na'vi (and maybe Dothraki -- the first results aren't in yet) and so the people who know it and could teach it are considered flakes -- or worse.
  • 2011 October 15, Stephen D. Rogers, A Dictionary of Made-Up Languages: From Adûnaic to Elvish, Zaum to Klingon— the Anwa (Real) Origins of Invented Lexicons[1], Avon: Adams Media, ISBN 9781440530395, OL OL25273533M:
    Desiring a complete alien language for the film, James Cameron hired communications professor and linguist Paul Frommer to create the Na'vi language with three criteria in mind: Na'vi should sound alien but pleasing to audiences, Na'vi should be learnable by the humans on Pandora, and Na'vi must be able to be spoken by the actors.
  • 2012 November 1, Wright, Laura, “UT Language Creation Society invites students to learn origins of newer languages”, The Daily Texan:
    You might be familiar with more a priori conlangs than you think: The Klingon language from the television series “Star Trek,” the Na’vi language from the movie “Avatar,” and the Dothraki language from the television series “Game of Thrones” are all examples of a priori languages.

Spanish citations of Na'vi

  • 2010 June 6, Laura Manzanera, “El Esperanto..... humanismo y represalias”, SEK-Bulteno, number 30, page 7: 
    Está por ver si otros idiomas artificiales como el élfico de El Señor de los Anillos, el Kingon de Star Trek o la lengua de los Na´vi que hablan los azulados habitantes de Pandora en Avatar logran superar el siglo de vida.