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One of our own is teaching Game Of Thrones linguistics course at UC Berkely!

May 22, 2017 @ 8:17 am · Filed by Geoffrey K. Pullum under Announcements, Conlanging, Endangered languages, Language in the movies

At the instant of posting this, there are only 18 places remaining out of the 40 maximum in Linguistics 183 001, David Peterson’s summer session course at UC Berkeley on “The Linguistics of Game of Thrones and the Art of Language Invention.” 3 to 5 p.m., Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu, May 22 to June 30.

It’s not a ‘Structure of Dothraki’ course; it’s about how you go about inventing languages (Peterson has done this for film and TV several times, and has been paid money for it).

Hurry to sign up. And don’t ever let me hear you saying that linguistics doesn’t provide fun things to do.

More information here.

For a full list of David Peterson's languages created for film, check out DJP's Wikipedia page. There is a chart under "Filmography".

May 23, 2017



I don't watch Game of Thrones, but that would be a fun class to be in, especially since it talks about inventing languages in general. Hopefully you're taking the class and can update us on the cool things you learned! :-)


I wish! Sadly, I'm no where near Berkeley. :(

I'm not current with GOT. I stopped watching very early Season 5.) But, I'm a huge fan of DJP's Trigedasleng. (From The 100. A show I'm also not current on. I stopped watching after Season 3.)


It wasn't mentioned in this article, so I'd like to note that Peterson is actually the one who made High Valyrian and Dothraki in the first place, which is why he's the one working on the Duo course.

By the way, to anyone who's interested in this sort of thing, the Language Creation Society is holding a "Language Creation Conference" in Calgary in July. I'll probably be going there and it would be nice to have more people interested in this.

Also, /r/conlangs on Reddit is a good place to go for help and inspiration in conlanging.


If anyone is interested, David Peterson has his own Youtube channel ( at this link: http://tinyurl.com/n34u82p ) where he has a series of videos on how to construct a language. He also has a book available called "The Art of Language Invention.'


This is impressive, I am a big fan of his work (and am very excited to have him working on this project). Thanks for sharing, Usagiboy7!


I just added where to find a list of DJP's fictional languages in the OP up top. :)

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