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So What Did David Say to that Engineer, Really?
Prometheus came very close to being a classic in my opinion, but it's not hard to start poking holes in the strangely illogical character decisions and lack of conclusive answers. One of the big questions a lot of people had was, SPOILERS AND SUCH, what exactly did David say to that one Engineer?
There's been plenty of debate as to whether or not David had purposefully sabotaged the mission, commenting earlier that it all children wished their parents to be dead. Considering David's question is in some crazy, made-up alien language however, there seems to be little hope for a conclusive answer. Or is there?
Surprisingly, the language David is speaking is not actually space gibberish, but Proto-Indo-European (PIE). The man giving him a hologram space class in the beginning is actually real-life figure Dr. Anil Biltoo of the SOAS Language Centre in London. Biltoo was also the language consultant for the film, and The Bioscopist tracked him down for some answers.
Apparently the line is actually the begining of a longer conversation that was cut from the film, which is horribly aggravating to learn. The spoken line is:
/ida hmanəm aɪ kja namṛtuh zdɛ:taha/…/ghʷɪvah-pjorn-ɪttham sas da:tṛ kredah/
Which justabout translated to:
This man is here because he does not want to die. He believes you can give him more life.
Shocking, I know. Still, it makes sense, and is at least one step on the way to answering some of Prometheus's abundance of questions.