Inventing Languages: A Conversation in Language Construction

Date/Time
02/01/2019 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Geisel Library, Seuss Room

 

 

 

Inventing Languages: A Conversation in Language Construction
Friday, February 1 • 3 – 5 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

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With Grant Goodall (Professor and Language Program Director, UC San Diego Linguistics), David J. Peterson (Creator of Dothraki, Game of Thrones), and Paul Frommer (Creator of Na’vi, Avatar). Moderated by Tamara Rhodes (Linguistics Subject Librarian, UC San Diego Library).

Constructed languages are well-known in science fiction and fantasy literature as a way to create an immersive world-building experience. The inventors of these languages often give us insight into the ethnography of the imagined groups that speak them.

 


David J. Peterson, a UC San Diego alumn has gone on to create languages for television and films. Including HBO’s Game of Thrones, Syfy’s Defiance, Netflix’s Bright, the CW’s Star-Crossed, the CW’s The 100, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, Spike’s The Shannara Chronicles, NBC’s Emerald City, Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, and others. He is also the author of Living Language Dothraki and The Art of Language Invention.

Grant Goodall is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, San Diego, where he directs the Linguistics Language Program and the Experimental Syntax Lab.  His primary research area is natural language syntax, with a special interest in using experimental techniques to explore this area. He also has a longstanding interest in how linguistic research is applied in the public realm, particularly with regard to issues of language teaching policy and practice

Paul Frommer taught English and math in Malaysia in the Malay language with the Peace Corps, and later on English in Iran for a year in the mid-1970s. He received a doctorate in linguistics at the University of Southern California, on aspects of Persian syntax, in 1981. In 1996, he became professor of clinical management communication at the Marshall School of Business of the USC, then director of the Center for Management Communication at Marshall School of Business from 2005 to 2008. He has created two constructed languages for the movie industry: Na’vi for the movie Avatar, and Barsoomian for John Carter.

 


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2. Take Genesee Avenue exit westbound (right off freeway).
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6. Follow North Point Dr. through the stop signs; as it curves right it will become Hopkins Drive.
7. Continue on Hopkins Drive until you reach Voigt Drive.
8. The Hopkins parking structure is at the corner of Voigt Drive with entrances on both Hopkins and Voigt Drive.

Driving Directions from South of UC San Diego
1. Take I-5 northbound.
2. Take La Jolla Village Drive westbound (left off freeway).
3. La Jolla Village Drive turns into North Torrey Pines Road. Stay on it to North Point Drive.
4. Turn right on North Point Drive.
5. Follow North Point Dr. through the stop signs; as it curves right it will become Hopkins Drive.
6. Continue on Hopkins Drive until you reach Voigt Drive.
7. The Hopkins parking structure is at the corner of Voigt Drive with entrances on both Hopkins and Voigt Drive.

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