Ever wonder how fantasy shows such as Game of Thrones create such complex languages for some of their characters? Not everybody can be Tolkien with the creation of elvish, so the rest of us have to settle for experts who can help out. That’s why experts like David J. Peterson, the creator of the Dothraki dialect, was asked to assist with the show.
Now he can assist you in learning how to create your very own language from the fantasy world, by taking a summer session at Berkley on the subject. Peterson is offering a a six-week course called “The Linguistics of Game of Thrones and the Art of Language Invention.” Currently, the class is open to up to forty students who want to learn to craft their own bizarro language. Khal Drogo’s workout routine not included, but your brain likely will get a bit more ripped. Apparently the class is supposed to be pretty intense according to Berkley News.
“Students are going to be learning how to create a naturalistic language,” says Peterson. “These are languages that attempt as nearly as possible to replicate the quirks and idiosyncrasies of natural languages, It’s not going to focus on the creation of alien languages, or auxiliary languages, or parody languages.”
This isn’t your fifth grade friend who insisted that they knew pig latin, this is next level. Class starts May 22, just hope you don’t get your tongue ripped out by a dothraki before then.