Author Archives: Pawl

Value and Worth

Kaltxì, ma frapo, Last time we looked at expressions for barter and exchange using the adposition yoa. This time we move to a related semantic domain and consider how to talk about value and worth. Like the last post, this … Continue reading

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Barter and Exchange

Kaltxì, ma eylan. Well, 2014 has gotten off to a slow start for me. But here’s a brief post, just under the wire for February, with more to follow soon. This post introduces an important new word: yoa. yoa (adp-, … Continue reading

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Mipa Zìsìt Lefpom! Happy New Year!

A very Happy New Year, my friends! May 2014 bring health, peace, and joy to you all. NìNa’vi . . . 

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Na’vi 102 Videos!

Ma Eylan, Lu hasey! Videos of the Na’vi 102 class that it was my pleasure to teach at AvatarMeet 2013  in Shenandoah National Park are now available on YouTube. Descriptions and links to the six videos are below. Irayo nìtxan to … Continue reading

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’On sì Salewfya—Shapes and Directions

Kaltxì, ma eylan! Ayngari tengkrr ya wur sleru nì’ul, sìlpey oe, livu helku sang ulte te’lan lefpom. Here’s some new vocabulary—mostly excellent contributions of the LEP, some recent and some not-so-recent—involving shapes, directions, and the physical properties of objects. ’on … Continue reading

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Taronway—The Hunt Song

Kaltxì, ma frapo— Ke längu fìpostìmì ke’u a lu mip. I’m afraid there’s nothing new in this post, just an old favorite, The Hunt Song, which as most of you know was published in the Activist Survival Guide. It’s one of … Continue reading

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Fmawn a Fkol Kìlmulat!—This Just In!

Fmawn akosman, ma smuk! (Tìng nari nekll.) Fìsäomum txankrr lolu oer; set tsun oe tsawteri pivängkxo ayngahu. Kintrram fayfamrelsiyuhu oe ultxa soleiyi. Roleiun futa lu fo kanu sì leso’ha nìwotx ulte Uniltìrantoxkìri lì’fyayä leNa’vi wawet fol tslam. Am’aluke haya pxerel … Continue reading

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Pximaw Tsawlultxa—Just After the Meet-up

Kaltxì, ma smuk. I considered beginning this post with: Tswìlmayon oe ftu Wasyìngton ne kelku. Tewti! Mepunìri oe ’efu ngeyn nìngay! But I’m not sure old-time American vaudeville humor translates culturally into Na’vi. John and I did indeed just get … Continue reading

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Looking back, looking forward

Kaltxì nìmun, ma eylan, Tse, EuroAvatar 2013 is well behind us. And what a great meet-up it was! John and I were so happy to be able to get to know and spend time with members of the European Avatar … Continue reading

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Zun . . . Zel: Counterfactual Conditionals

Kaltxì, ma eylan— Fìpostì mektsengur teya si. This post fills a gap in our understanding of Na’vi syntax: counterfactual conditionals. The counterfactual structure is a bit complicated, so we’ll go slow, and if necessary, we’ll have further clarifications in subsequent … Continue reading

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