Cracking Avatar’s Language Codes

A fictional language makes the jump to reality

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Sep 11 · 10 min read
Illustration: Vidhya Nagarajan

By Claire Cameron

One hot Thursday in July, I met a gangly young man at Washington D.C.’s Union Station. Energetic and slightly nervous, he politely shook my hand and ushered me to a silver sedan where his girlfriend, Sarah, was at the wheel. Although he introduced himself as Ian Riley, for the next five…

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