While I don’t think this is something any DM wants to do a lot of, it is something to think about if you’re going to be doing much with languages. It’s an often forgotten aspect of world creation.
Editor’s Note: David Peterson is the creator of the Dothraki language used in the HBO show ‘Game of Thrones.’ Peterson also is a member of the Language Creation Society. A 30-minute profile of Peterson will air on CNN’s “The Next List on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
By David Peterson, Special to CNN
The work of a language creator is often regarded with skepticism. “What’s the big deal?” many ask. “All you have to do is make up words.” And, indeed, one could proceed as follows:
a = blork
abandon = glurg
abate = plurfle
abattoir = gluff
And so on until there was a unique form for every word in an English language dictionary (in fact, with a computer program, one could produce dozens of “languages” like this in a matter of minutes). And while the resultant language would look different from English, functionally and semantically, it would…
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