A former student at UC Berkeley is returning this summer to lead “The Linguistics of ‘Game of Thrones’ and the Art of Language Invention,” in which students will learn the fictional “Dothraki” language from the hit HBO series.
Berkeley News reports David J. Peterson, who went on to earn a master’s degree in linguistics at UC San Diego, was hired as a language creator for the HBO series and three years ago came out with a one-hour CD and 128-page official guide to the language called “Living Language Dothraki.”
UC Berkely’s linguistics department chair, Andrew Garrett, approached his former student after hearing him speak and asked him to teach the three-course unit, which he will lead four days a week.
Peterson says his students are “not trying to figure out how something works, but what problem the speakers were trying to solve, and how they did it, and why. It’s an entirely different lens through which to view language.”