Sunday, December 11, 2011

Project to create languages

I recently finished reading the five excellent books by George Martin showing life in the seven kingdoms of his made-up world .HBO has made these into a series that has faithfully captured the books word for word. But when the series wants to capture the characters in some of the far-flung kingdoms who don't speak the common tongue, they searched for authenticity in language. While Martin was able to write what his characters were saying in English, with the occasional Dothraki word thrown in, the TV show needed to show the characters speaking the Dothraki language with subtitles. So they needed someone to create this language.

Check out this video to see what they came up with.

Languages have been invented before: Esperanto is one that has entered common use. Tolkein invented languages for his people of Middle Earth. Linguist Marc Okrand created a Klingon language for “Star Trek III.

Read this NY Times article about the creation of the Dothraki language for Game of Thrones.
In 2007, Mr. Peterson helped found the Language Creation Society, the first professional organization for people who create languages. He won an open call to create a language for “Game of Thrones.” He submitted a 180-page proposal complete with a dictionary and audio files of spoken Dothraki judged by a double-blind committee of other language creators and finally, by the executive producers.

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