Cornell Ph.D Students Helped Create a new Alien Language for the Marvel Universe
ITHACA, N.Y.(WENY)--Before Marvel's Avengers: Endgame could premier, Captain Marvel had to make her screen debut just about a month ago. Over the summer, Marvel actually reached out to two Ph.D. students at Cornell University studying linguistics. They requested their help creating a new language for the people of Torva in Captain Marvels movie. Ryan Hearn and Joseph Rhyne have worked together in the past, which made this collaboration easier but, they only had one week to create this new dialect. To do so, they used influences from other foreign languages to help them create this brand new alien language.,
"So the language that we made is an agglutinative language, which means that to indicate grammatical features you out suffix on the verb forms for the most part, so it is similar to languages like Turkish or Japanese ad the reason we did that is because it allows you to kind of swap out pieces of morphology as you need to, it makes the language a lot more modular," says Ryan Hearn, Student in the field of Linguistics at Cornell University.
Ryan and Joseph said that it was very cool after watching the movie to see their name appear in the credits. They are not sure that the language will make it into Avengers: Endgame but they are still happy to have had the opportunity of a life time to have worked with Marvel.
To hear a bit of the language they created, click here, or go watch Captain Marvel!