University of Southern California

Paul Frommer
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Management Communication

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

PhD, MA, University of Southern California; BA, University of Rochester


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.


Frommer, P. R., and Finegan, E., "Looking at Languages," in Looking at Languages 2004.
Frommer, P. R. "Looking at Languages: A Workbook in Elementary Linguistics, 4th ed. Boston: Thomson Wadsworth,".