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David J. Peterson
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David J. Peterson

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DAVID J. PETERSON was born in Long Beach, California in 1981. He attended UC Berkeley from 1999 to 2003, and received a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Linguistics. He then attended UC San Diego from 2003 to 2006, where he received an M.A. in Linguistics. He's been creating languages since 2000, and working on Game of Thrones since 2009. In 2011, he became the alien language and culture consultant for the Syfy original series Defiance. In 2013, he joined the crew of the CW's Star-Crossed and also Syfy's Dominion as a language creator. In 2007, he helped to found the Language Creation Society, of which David has remained a proud member. He is the author of The Art of Language Invention, to be published by Penguin Books in 2015.

Books by David J. Peterson

The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, The WordsBehind World-Building

An insider’s tour through the construction of invented languages from the bestselling author and creator of languages for the HBO series Game of Thrones and the Syfy series Defiance.

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Living Language Dothraki

Fans of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones will now be able to learn the Dothraki language!

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