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need an alien language?

12-22-2009, 06:23 AM
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need an alien language?

way' slax't i_skwist scac'aypmx skek'aka ul in_cut nselxcin. i_nax'nex xexasa't ul ta'li swi'numtx ta'ap sklacinm i_skwist. lut ken ta_kl n'kesils ki_ken ckenltiln. way' ninwis lwikntsn.

I just saw the Avatar (3D) and I was amazed at how similar the alien language was to my own American Indian heritage. I'm not sure if Avatar used an actual language, however, it got me thinking why an existing or dying language WOULDN'T be used. (I didn't research it).

Above is an example of nselxcin or Salish. Most of those words cannot be pronounced within the phonetics of English. I am a tribal member of schitsu 'umsh and our language is a mix between several nearby tribes, including roots in nselxcin.

I know it is a longshot, but if anyone is looking for an alien language I could provide several samples, both typed and spoken (recorded). Direct and literal translation isn't really required, for example you could create a map with areas marked waq'waqt snikl'ca sa'titkw, or an alien HUD or ship markings. My girlfriend speaks pretty well if a feminine voice needs to be recorded.

Besides using a cool looking language that very few people can speak or read (adding to its true alien-ness), you would be helping to expand a dying language.

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Last edited by Flickitty; 12-22-2009 at 07:11 AM.
12-22-2009, 10:49 AM
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you are a very interesting person Flic.

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12-22-2009, 11:53 AM
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You might find this interesting reading Flickitty:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8408245.stm

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12-22-2009, 04:48 PM
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You might find this interesting reading Flickitty:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8408245.stm
That is pretty interesting.

Our language was never meant to be written, so we had to borrow from the International Phonetic Alphabet. The sample I provided above uses the normal English alphabet, so most of the letters are approximations. We have a lot of accents and modified letters. So it kind of looks like Na'vi, and as I said before, a LOT of the sounds are not part of english phonetics- the X's sound like an exhale or sometimes a hiss (depending position and inflection).

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12-22-2009, 10:40 PM
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That is pretty interesting.

Our language was never meant to be written, so we had to borrow from the International Phonetic Alphabet. The sample I provided above uses the normal English alphabet, so most of the letters are approximations. We have a lot of accents and modified letters. So it kind of looks like Na'vi, and as I said before, a LOT of the sounds are not part of english phonetics- the X's sound like an exhale or sometimes a hiss (depending position and inflection).
That's kinda cool. Is there anywhere online I can hear it being spoken? It's also quite interesting seeing people type in Arabic with an English keyboard, they end up using quite a lot of letters three times in a row in a single word, and also have to use numbers within the words to get the approximate sound. It's quite hard trying to understand how it works from the point of view of someone who only speaks English.

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12-22-2009, 10:58 PM
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That's kinda cool. Is there anywhere online I can hear it being spoken?
As far as I know, the only samples online are here:

http://interiorsalish.com/nselxcin.html

This is what the language actually looks like when the proper alphabet/font is used:


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12-22-2009, 11:53 PM
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you are a very interesting person Flic.
I agree.

Your experiments and threads are very interesting.
12-23-2009, 12:35 AM
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I agree.

Your experiments and threads are very interesting.
I've been called 'interesting' before, and I have certainly been called a lot worse.

If you want to know something really crazy, just imagine what I look like.

I have dreadlocks that are about 3 feet long- they touch my waistline. No, I'm not kidding.

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12-23-2009, 02:09 AM
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I have dreadlocks that are about 3 feet long- they touch my waistline. No, I'm not kidding.
*chants - pics pics pics - chants*

fits the artist tag at least. how many times have you been asked to cut your hair? my gf gets nutz about long, straight hair.. it is 40 or so cms; but you take the cake here.

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12-23-2009, 03:05 AM
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I don't have anything recent online, my girlfriend has most of my pics on her computer. I grabbed a photo from MySpace that is about 3 years old, or as I like to say 'when my hair was SHORT'.

This is me and my friend April:


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