Take a dive into learning a new language!

Summer is a great opportunity to set a goal.  You could go somewhere you’ve never been, try something you’ve always wanted to, or dedicate yourself to learning something you’ve been putting off.  Like a new language.  Like Atlantean.

It turns out that the lost language of Disney’s Atlantis was created for the movie by Mark Okrand, the inventor of Klingon, which means it has its own grammar, vocabulary, and writing system.  And that means it’s completely learnable and usable, as long as your conversations and bayod messages have to do with ocean animals, life forces, armies, or construction.  (Due to the magic of Disney, most of the dialogue switches to English, so there’s a limited word bank to extrapolate from.)

For the plot, Atlantean was supposed to be the root of all languages in the world.  Okrand used Proto-language research, which speculates that a prehistoric language can be reconstructed by the similarities in related language families.  He used many words and syntax from the Proto-Indo-European language and tossed in some Asiatic and Hebrew features, as well.  Without going all lingo-nutty on you, it’s actually a pretty cool amalgamation.  Someone with no kids and too much free time has compiled everything known about the language at the Atlantean Language Institute if this seems a worthy summer goal to you.

For myself, I will be content with learning the writing system and crafting notes to pass to Bri under the dinner table.  Because my friends at school think they’re too old and too cool for made-up Disney languages.

Note: Atlantis II should not be mistaken with Atlantis I, the home of King Triton and the merfolk.  Ariel, as nearly as I can tell, speaks the same language as the humanfolk and I don’t recall any writing in Little Mermaid.

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