The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building

The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building

David J. Peterson


An insider’s travel during the building of invented languages from the bestselling writer and author of languages for the HBO sequence Game of Thrones and the Syfy sequence Defiance

From grasp language author David J. Peterson comes an inventive advisor to language development for sci-fi and myth fanatics, writers, video game creators, and language fanatics. Peterson bargains a charming evaluate of language production, overlaying its historical past from Tolkien’s creations and Klingon to today’s thriving worldwide neighborhood of conlangers. He presents the basic instruments beneficial for inventing and evolving new languages, utilizing examples from various languages together with his personal creations, punctuated with references to every thing from Star Wars to Michael Jackson. alongside the way in which, behind-the-scenes tales raise the curtain on how he outfitted languages like Dothraki for HBO’s Game of Thrones and Shiväisith for Marvel’s Thor: The darkish World, and an incorporated phrasebook will begin enthusiasts talking Peterson’s built languages. The artwork of Language Invention is an within examine a desirable tradition and an attractive access right into a flourishing paintings form—and it'd be the main enjoyable you’ll ever have with linguistics.

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