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CHAT: Star Wars and its conlangs

From:Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Monday, May 24, 1999, 3:03
Okay, I just got back from a round of fun related to the
new Star Wars movie, and I must say:  the critics are all
very, very *wrong*.  I don't care what they say, the movie
is great, and I highly recommend it to everyone (BTW:
I wasn't expecting any more than the originals, and so I
wasn't disappointed).

On a conlanging note (and I shall try to tread carefully  here
so that I won't reveal anything major about it), I was really
interested in the conlang used by the most-often-seen alien race, the
race from which Jar-jar comes.  It seems they use some sort
of creole, or pidgin, of the galactic interlanguage (which, of
course, bears a remarkable affinity to British English; mostly
only the lower class characters like Anakin Skywalker speak
with an American accent, to the extent that when upperclass
characters do speak with an American accent, it somehow
jars the senses).  I thought I noticed some consistently used
morphemes  there, so I'm pretty sure it was a creole of some
kind, highly but not entirely intelligible with the interlanguage.

For example, I'm pretty sure I saw a consistent use of -sa /-s@/
to indicate possession:  I am pretty sure /mis@/ is what was
used to indicate "my", where I think /mi/ is the regular first person
pronoun.  I must wonder whether they got a professional linguist
to assist them in this, just as they got a professional mythologist
to help them in writing all of the movies' scripts and plot lines years ago.

Anyways, I can't remember much more than that, so I'll shut up
now. :)

Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
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"Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero."