‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Can Learn Dothraki at UC Berkeley

The language's creator is teaching a 6-week summer course on the art of fictional linguistics

April 28, 2017
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UC Berkeley students who double as “Game of Thrones” fans will be excited to learn that their school is offering a six-week summer course on Dothraki, a.k.a. the fictional language of Khal Drogo and his horse-loving warrior friends in George R. R. Martin’s hit fantasy anthology “A Song of Ice and Fire.”

The class, “The Linguistics of ‘Game of Thrones’ and the Art of Language Invention,” will be taught by the fictional language’s inventor David J. Peterson. In addition to schooling his pupils on the ins-and-outs of Dothraki and High Valaryian—another “Game of Thrones” language he created—he will teach them how to go out into the world and fabricate their own languages, according an interview published on UC Berkeley’s website.

Peterson indicated that his linguistics class might be particularly helpful for creative types. “There’s precisely as much value in creating a new language as there is in creating a new fictional story,” he said. “If you see no value in something like ‘As I Lay Dying’ or ‘To the Lighthouse,’ then I probably can’t convince you there’s value in creating a new language.”

h/t: The Wrap

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