Stargate (was: Egyptian based Conlangs)
|From:||Didier Willis <dwillis@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, December 16, 1998, 18:26|
taliesin the storyteller wrote:
The author is Stuart Jason Smith, PhD in Archaelogy, UCLA, and
he seems to be an expert in Egyptian matters. I have found
his personnal web page, where he discusses some features of
the language. There are also some pictures of him with the
As a matter of fact, he pretends that the language is actually
ancient Egyptian, and that he only devised a pronunciation for
"Recently I worked as a consultant on the hit Science Fiction epic
movie Stargate. I reconstructed spoken ancient Egyptian for the=20
production (modern Egyptians speak Arabic), translating dialog and
coaching the actors, including James Spader and Jaye Davidson.
Although the work was a bit esoteric, the stars appreciated the fact=20
that they were actually speaking a real language instead of made up
nonsense words. As a result, about half the movie's dialog is in=20
ancient Egyptian. The main conceit of the film, that Spader does=20
not recognize the language initially and yet is able to pick it up
quicly later on, worked well, since Egyptologists ignore =20
pronunciation. For example, when Spader names the god 'Ra,' as any
good Egyptologist would, the village elder just gives him a blank
look. The orginal pronunciation was 'R=ED-'uw.'"=20
So perhaps this is not really what we would call a 'conlang'...
> On Wed, 16 Dec 1998, Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> >Somebody on this list talked about Stargate, the movie. It happens=20
> >that the language spoken on the planet of Ra is a real conlang. It
> >was a command to a linguist to make a possible evolution of=20
> >Egyptian after millenia. But I don't know any webpage explaining=20
> >the structure of this conlang.
> Sadly, this is the best I've found...
> If one were to contact the author/inventor of the lang,