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Game of Thrones has truly felt like a world of its own from the very beginning, largely because the series has managed to craft many different regions with different cultures and different languages. Now, the man who created the languages of Game of Thrones is set to teach a class all about the linguistics of the series. Students at UC Berkeley this summer will have the option to take a class called "The Linguistics of Game of Thrones and the Art of Language Invention."
The class will be taught by UC Berkeley alum David J. Peterson, who created Dothraki and High Valyrian for the show. Berkeley News reports that it will run for six weeks and tackle the linguistics of Westeros and Essos, not the fictional events of the series, so any students hoping for six weeks of debate about who deserves to sit on the Iron Throne at the end of Season 8 will be out of luck. Honestly, the class sounds like it'll be pretty difficult. Sure, actress Emilia Clarke has mastered speaking both Dothraki and High Valyrian without looking like she's faking it, but she's also quite well-paid for her efforts and probably doesn't have much in the way of homework.
David Peterson has created a number of languages for the small screen over the years. His words have been spoken on Syfy's Defiance, NBC's Emerald City, The CW's The 100, and MTV's Shannara Chronicles. There can be little doubt that Game of Thrones is the highest-profile gig of his career, however. Check out just one example of Thrones using his language to elevate a key scene:
Something tells me enrollment for David Peterson's class this summer will be pretty high. Interestingly, the class will begin and end before the new season of Game of Thrones actually debuts. The class will run for four days a week from May 22-June 30, and the first episode of Season 7 doesn't air on HBO until Sunday, July 16. Filming for Season 7 was pushed back to take advantage of colder weather now that winter has come to Westeros, and so the premiere date is much later than year than usual. At least the students won't slack off on their homework due to a Sunday night date with their TVs.
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