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 DefianceFrom master language creator David J. Read more...
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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 DefianceFrom 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. Along the way, behind-the-scenes stories lift the curtain on how he built languages like Dothraki for HBO's Game of Thrones and Shivaisith for Marvel's Thor: The Dark World, and an included phrasebook will start fans speaking Peterson's constructed languages. The Art of Language Invention 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.
- ISBN-13: 9780143126461
- ISBN-10: 0143126466
- Publisher: Penguin Books
- Publish Date: September 2015
- Page Count: 304
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-03
- Reviewer: Staff
Peterson, the creator of the Dothraki language for HBO’s Game of Thrones and Irathient and Castithan for Syfy’s Defiance, reveals the steps he takes to invent new languages in this detailed guide. Equal parts fascinating, challenging, and geeky, the book focuses on four key elements every “conlanger”—someone who creates “constructed language”—must consider: sounds, words, language evolution, and written language. Popular phrases from a variety of constructed languages are included, as is a helpful glossary. Peterson (Living Language Dothraki) writes with witty flair, and in a lengthy introduction explains the rapid rise of the conlang phenomenon over the last few decades, with references to Princess Leia, J.R.R. Tolkien, William Shatner, and pig Latin. A shorter postscript explores conlanging’s future. Readers with only a casual interest in Peterson’s unique specialty can satisfy their curiosity just with these two sections. Others who stick with him throughout the entire book will finish it either highly motivated to try conlanging themselves or completely turned off by the idea. Either way, they’ll learn more about linguistics than they ever learned in school. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary. (Oct.)