University of Southern California

Paul Frommer
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Management Communication

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

Phone: 
213-740-0627
Education: 
PhD, MA, University of Southern California; BA, University of Rochester

Overview

Paul Frommer, the linguist who developed the Na'vi language for James Cameron's film Avatar, is a former director of the Center for Management Communication. His teaching at USC included Advanced Writing for Business and an undergrad elective he co-created, "Cross-cultural Business Communication for Non-native Speakers." Prior to joining Marshall, he lived and taught in Malaysia and Iran, and spent ten years in the business world. Since Avatar, Professor Frommer has been working with a worldwide community of Na'vi enthusiasts dedicated to expanding the use of the language. He also developed Barsoomian, the Martian language for the Disney film John Carter.