The Art of Language Invention
From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-buildingBook - 2015
From superstar linguist David J. Peterson comes a creative guide to language construction for sci-fi and fantasy fans, writers, game creators, and language lovers. Peterson begins with a brief history of constructed languages, from Tolkien’s creations to Klingon to today’s thriving global conlang community. Then, using examples from his own languages alongside helpful comparisons to real ones, Peterson offers a captivating and lucid overview of language creation, providing a basic foundation of essential linguistic tools for inventing and evolving one’s own lexicon. Along the way, behind-the-scenes stories lift the curtain on how he built the languages for television series and movies such as SyFy’sDominion and Thor: The Dark World, and an included phrase book will start fans speaking Peterson’s constructed languages. An inside look at a fascinating culture and a perfect entry point into an art form as old as civilization,The Art of Language Invention is a wild linguistic adventure that will have readers ready to rub shoulders with horse lords and dark elves.
Random House, Inc.
An insider’s tour through the construction of invented languages from the bestselling author and creator of languages for the HBO seriesGame 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. Along the way, behind-the-scenes stories lift the curtain on how he built languages like Dothraki for HBO’sGame of Thrones and Shiväisith 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.
Baker & Taylor
The linguist describes his methods for creating an arificial language, describing the details of word and sound formation and sentence construction and using examples from his own language creations for such television shows as the "Game of Thrones."
David J. Peterson, author and creator of languages for the Game of Thrones television series and the Syfy series Defiance presents students, academics, researchers, and general interest readers with comprehensive guide to the construction of invented languages and the international culture of language creators. The author has organized the main body of his text in four chapters devoted to phonetics, oral physiology, and the sounds of a language, word creation, the evolution of invented languages, and creating the written word. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)