Some of you may know the film Atlantis: The Lost Empire. If you were really interested, you could have read something about the Atlantean language, a speakable and interesting conlang made by none other than the famous creator of Klingon and Na'vi, Mark Okrand. It was designed to be the plausible ancestor to all the languages on Earth, and therefore the vocabulary has been taken from very many phyla. However, the base of the roots lies in Proto-Indo-European. Okrand also apparently spliced roots from these phyla, coming up with words like "tab", father, which combined Hebrew "ab" and Irish "tad".
In general, Atlantean is a calm, realistic language with the syntax of Japanese, the morphology of Sumerian, and vocabulary from practically everywhere. I think Okrand did an excellent job with it. Unfortunately, he has not published any books or dictionaries on the Atlantean language, so much of the language (mainly the Shepherd's Journal
) must be deciphered step by painful step. Okrand is more likely than not sitting on a wordlist that Disney told him not to publish in anticipation of a sequel to Atlantis: The Lost Empire, but those who saw the second movie know how "successful" it was. Unfortunately, Okrand has stayed silent despite numerous letters and emails, so the fan base for Atlantean can only hope for a miracle. Some fans including myself have introduced neologisms, but that is obviously not very credible and is only suitable for fan use.
In this thread I aim to introduce the grammar of the language, which is not very difficult and is very regular, making Atlantean a language that is very easy to become proficient in.