An Authentic Fictional Language

Aug 16 2012 @ 3:37pm

by Gwynn Guilford

PRI's The World profiles David J. Peterson, whose invented language, Dothraki – from Game of Thrones - may become the world's most elaborate made-up language:

Klingon has since taken on a life of its own, with a small but dedicated group of speakers who have added hundreds of words and phrases to its vocabulary. Na’vi is a more sophisticated language, with a wealth of grammatical rules…. But because Dothraki was invented for a television series that could run for many seasons, it may end up having the widest vocabulary of any Hollywood language so far.

For the Andalish-only folks out there, here are some pointers:

"If you want to greet some respectfully, you say Mathchumararoon," Peterson said. And then there are insults. Everyone, including TV producers, wants to know how say them. In Dothraki, the word ifak means a "walker." “The Dothraki are a horse riding people,” Peterson said. “They respect people who ride horses. So, if someone is a walker they are not worthy of attention.”

A more detailed glossary here. In other Game of Thrones news, author George R.R. Martin takes a break from the sixth book to rail against voter suppression and overall lack of Republican conscience. His view on the current crop of GOPers:

There were once many Republicans I admired, even I disagreed with them: men like Everett Dirksen, Clifford Case, Henry Cabot Lodge, William Scranton… yes, even Barry Goldwater, conservative as he is. I do not believe for a moment that Goldwater would have approved of this, any more than Robert A. Heinlein would have. They were conservatives, but they were not bigots, nor racists, nor corrupt. The Vote Suppressors have far more in common with Lester Maddox, George Wallace, John Stennis, and their ilk than they do with their distinguished GOP forebears.

Sounds like he doesn't support the Stannis facsimile for the Iron Throne.