The Art of Language Invention

The Art of Language Invention

From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-building

Book - 2015
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An insider's tour through the construction of invented languages from the bestselling author and creator of languages for the HBO series Game of Thrones and the Syfy series Defiance.

From master language creator David J. Peterson comes a creative guide to language construction for sci-fi and fantasy fans, writers, game creators, and language lovers. Peterson offers a captivating overview of language creation, covering its history from Tolkien's creations and Klingon to today's thriving global community of conlangers. He provides the essential tools necessary for inventing and evolving new languages, using examples from a variety of languages including his own creations, punctuated with references to everything from Star Wars to Michael Jackson. Behind-the-scenes stories lift the curtain on how he built languages like Dothraki for HBO's Game of Thrones and Shiv isith for Marvel's Thor- The Dark World , and an included phrasebook will start fans speaking Peterson's constructed languages. Here is an inside look at a fascinating culture and an engaging entry into a flourishing art form-and it might be the most fun you'll ever have with linguistics.

Publisher: New York, New York :, Penguin Books,, 2015, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780143126461
Branch Call Number: 499. 99 PET
Characteristics: ix, 292 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Dec 27, 2017

An amazing introduction to linguistics. David Peterson's humor gives the technical guide life.

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