Who says linguistics isn't fun? Ever heard of "conlang"? Join this insiders' tour through the construction of invented languages. David Peterson created languages for the HBO series "Game of Thrones" and the Syfy series "Defiance." Nick Farmer created the Belter conlang for Syfy’s "The Expanse." This conversation may leave you, well, speechless.
Best known for developing the Belter constructed language (conlang) for Syfy’s "The Expanse," linguist Nick Farmer also served as a consultant for the forthcoming 7th edition of "Linguistics: An Introduction to Language and Communication," published by MIT Press. Raised by his MIT-trained linguist mother, and inspired by his godfather, Ken Hale, Farmer has long been fascinated by languages and the cultures of those who speak them. He was born in Tucson, Arizona, raised all over the place, and currently lives out of a suitcase, splitting time between the coasts.
David J. Peterson began creating languages in 2000, received his M.A. in Linguistics from the University of California, San Diego in 2005, and co-founded the Language Creation Society in 2007. He has created languages for HBO’s "Game of Thrones," Showtime’s "Penny Dreadful," Syfy’s "Defiance and Dominion," the CW’s "The 100" and "Star-Crossed," and "Thor: The Dark World." He is also the author of "Living Language Dothraki: A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO Series 'Game of Thrones,'" and "The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building."