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Games of Thrones: A Linguistic Retrospective

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David Peterson. "Game of Thrones: A Linguistic Retrospective"
HBO's Game of Thrones has dozens of characters, three dragons, innumerable plot twists, and two fully realized, functional languages. In this talk, Peterson discusses his ten years working on the show, for which he created the Dothraki and Valyrian languages, including multiple distinct dialects of the latter. He will describe how he came to work on the show, along with everything he did for it, whether it made it to the screen. The talk covers all eight seasons of Game of Thrones, and features clips and behind-the-scenes information.

David Peterson is one of the most influential language creators today. He is the co-founder and former president of the Language Creation Society. In addition to is work on Game of Thrones, he has created languages for Marvel's Thor: The Dark World, Syfy's Defiance, and NBC's Emerald City. He studied English and linguistics at UC-Berkeley (BA '03) and linguistics UC-San Diego (MA '06).
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