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David J. Peterson

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My name is David Peterson, and I'm a language creator and writer. I'm the author of Living Language Dothraki, The Art of Language Invention, and Create Your Own Secret Language. I've been creating languages for television shows and movies since 2009. Some of the productions I've worked on (and languages I've created for them) are: HBO's Game of Thrones (Dothraki, High Valyrian, Astapori Valyrian); Syfy's Defiance (Castithan, Irathient, Indojisnen, Kinuk'aaz); Freeform's Motherland: Fort Salem (Méníshè); Netflix's The Witcher (Hen Linge); the CW's The 100 (Trigedasleng); HBO's House of the Dragon (High Valyrian); and Legendary's Dune (Chakobsa). ...more

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David J. Peterson Verbis Diabolo is different from anything I've ever done. First, it's a posteriori, which means that all the words and grammar come from other—in this…moreVerbis Diabolo is different from anything I've ever done. First, it's a posteriori, which means that all the words and grammar come from other—in this case, real world—sources. Specifically, the sources were Arabic, Akkadian, Middle Egyptian, Attic Greek, Latin, Farsi and Turkish. Second, VD was not intended to be a language proper. I looked at the language as an art piece. VD is supposed to be a language twisted in form; wrenched from Earth's languages. Many words that meant something in a given language are taken and reversed phonetically to produce the equivalent VD word. Sometimes the reversal came with a reversal in meaning, as with justa, from Latin, which becomes atsüü, "vile". Also pieces of words from many different languages will often be combined to produce portmanteaux which may have nothing to do with the original meanings of any of the parts.

In addition, though there are patterns in the language, sometimes the patterns are broken for no reason. A word which has meant the same thing every time one has heard it will suddenly have a new meaning in a new sentence for no discernible reason. Words will change orders to subvert previously attested patterns; words will be pronounced differently for no reason at all; the auxiliary, one of the few bits of predictability in the language, will move or drop out entirely.

All of this combines to produce something that doesn't sound an awful lot like a language, and I think that's true. It defies attempts to learn it, meaning that the only way to actually speak it is to be touched by the devil. In effect, that was the point.

So yeah, I had a lot of fun with it! It's far different from anything I've ever done in the past. It sounds really weird. I've been pleased with the performances thus far. I'll get to your second question tomorrow. :)(less)
David J. Peterson I was already familiar with Enochian prior to my involvement with Penny Dreadful. While I like the idea of tying John Dee fictionally to VD, the quali…moreI was already familiar with Enochian prior to my involvement with Penny Dreadful. While I like the idea of tying John Dee fictionally to VD, the quality of his work is such that it just didn't make sense to make any reference to it. It's basically coded English; an amateurish effort. It didn't make sense to take his actual material and try to fit it into VD.(less)
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“If the actors speaking Dothraki or High Valyrian or Castithan or whatever make a mistake, who would know but the creator? Who would care? The truth is probably one in a thousand people will notice, and of those who do, maybe a quarter will care. In the 1980s that amounts to nothing. In the new millennium, though, one quarter of 0.001 percent can constitute a significant minority on Twitter. Or on Tumblr. Or Facebook. Or Reddit. Or”
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“The first is that languages in general tend to place a lot more restrictions on codas than onsets. The second is that certain languages will pile up coda consonants—apparently because they think the word is done with and no one will notice or care.”
David J. Peterson, The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building

“Those who are able to do other accents well or who can make themselves sound like a native when speaking another language are incredible at imitating other vowel sounds. Consonants”
David J. Peterson, The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building

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