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  1. Tweets that mention Constructed languages on film – Society for Linguistic Anthropology -- Topsy.com

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    uberVU - social comments December 19, 2009 at 5:06 pm |

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  3. Ben Zimmer
    Ben Zimmer December 20, 2009 at 7:35 am |

    For an earlier consideration of language use in sci-fi movies, see: “Linguists in Hollywood” by Jim Wilce, Anthropology News, Oct. 1999, pp. 9-10. The article summarizes discussion appearing on the LINGANTH listserv from May-June 1999. (Sadly, the online LINGANTH archive only extends back to Nov. 1999.) Hal Schiffman’s quote about how alien languages are designed to “confuse and amuse” (specifically in reference to the Star Wars pseudo-languages) first appeared in that discussion.

  4. Avatar | Savage Minds
    Avatar | Savage Minds December 24, 2009 at 7:54 am |

    […] second issue of interest is that of the Na’vi language the SLA blog has a post about the work which went into creating this langauge. It is also worth repeating the observation […]

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