Game of Thrones returns tonight! Did you know the TV show has a billion UC Berkeley connections?
The creator of the Dothraki and High Valyrian languages that are spoken throughout the show is David J. Peterson, a UC Berkeley alum (1999-2003). Peterson is currently teaching a summer session course on the “The Linguistics of Game of Thrones and the Art of Language Invention”.
Peterson has invented more than 40 languages, including 17 for television and film. He said the course aims to teach linguistics students about the fundamentals of language creation as well as reshape students’ perspectives on language. Peterson added that students will not be learning Dothraki or any other languages.
“They will learn how to create their own language,” Peterson said. “How to create writing systems and everything that’s involved in that process.”
What’s really cool about the course is Peterson is setting no limits. Who wants to learn about the process of creating your own language? More from the Daily Cal.
The California Golden Bears fight song was utilized in the promotion of the class, only this time it was translated into one of Peterson’s creations. Take a listen to the Cal fight song in Dothraki.
Cal men’s basketball is definitely hyped as well.
Welcome back Game of Thrones! Don’t forget the influence that Cal has on winter. Which has come. I think? Spoilers?