Ask Dothraki's Creator About Inventing Languages For Game Of Thrones!

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David Peterson is a linguist and the creator of the Dothraki language for Game of Thrones. He's here today to answer our questions about creating new languages, the role of learning languages in Game of Thrones, and how to make small talk in Dothraki.

In addition to his work creating languages of HBO's Game of Thrones, which he's been working on since 2009, Peterson has also worked on crafting languages for Defiance, Dominion, and Star-Crossed. His first book, The Art of Language Invention, is due out next year and he also has a Dothraki course that will be available this October.

He'll be joining us from 10:30 - 11:30 am PT today to take our questions. So start asking him now about the process of creating a language, the intricacies of Dothraki, and what kinds of linguistic cues are present in the George R.R. Martin's stories.

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I'll need the following phrases translated for basic traveler etiquette, please?

"Hello / Goodbye / Please / Thank you."

"Where is the bathroom?"

"Take me to the hotel."

"I do not speak Dothraki."

"I beseech thee to spare my life, oh great and powerful leader."

Thanks in advance!