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The Art of Language Invention Audiobook

The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building

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Publisher's Summary

An insider's tour through the construction of invented languages from the best-selling author and creator of languages for the HBO series Game of Thrones and the Syfy series Defiance.

From master language creator David J. Peterson comes a creative guide to language construction for sci-fi and fantasy fans, writers, game creators, and language lovers. Peterson offers a captivating overview of language creation, covering its history from Tolkien's creations and Klingon to today's thriving global community of conlangers. He provides the essential tools necessary for inventing and evolving new languages, using examples from a variety of languages including his own creations, punctuated with references to everything from Star Wars to Michael Jackson. Along the way, behind-the-scenes stories lift the curtain on how he built languages like Dothraki for HBO's Game of Thrones and Shiväisith for Marvel's Thor: The Dark World, and an included phrasebook will start fans speaking Peterson's constructed languages.

The Art of Language Invention is an inside look at a fascinating culture and an engaging entry into a flourishing art form - and it might be the most fun you'll ever have with linguistics.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 David J. Peterson (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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  • Ashley T.
    NC
    18/04/16
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    "Great resource, but not conducive to audiobook"

    Peterson is one of the foremost voices in language invention today, but this book didn't really lend itself to an audio production. Keep the PDF included with your audible purchase close at hand in order to follow along. It would've been more helpful to have actually cited the page number of the PDF, rather than him just saying, "refer to your PDF," as the PDF is 50+ pages long.

    Otherwise, this is a great resource for those wanting to create their own language or are wanting to better understand the process of language invention and linguistics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • KP
    Maryland
    13/10/15
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    "Stunningly Compete"

    This is a near perfect treatment of the subject by a complete master. Beware though, if you're even a little squeamish about a book being "too dry", this is not the book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hope L Bryant
    10/11/16
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    "Amazing Resource!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES!! It's funny, sarcastic AND informative. A subject that could be super dry and boring to those who are not conlangs is made fun, intriguing, and fascinating.

    You'd need to get both the audio book AND the printed on (for visual folks) as there are visual clues that are important.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a It's an educational/informational book.


    What does David J. Peterson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A human voice that is warm, friendly and funny.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That languages have specific patterns to them, like songs. Where an accent or emphasis is on words in general is specific to the language itself. So , if you were knowledgeable enough, you could tell a conlang's native language OR know what irl language they based theirs on.

    That and I learned what a conlang is as well!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a writer that need to develop a language, read it. It's so worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    NEWARK, CA, United States
    18/04/16
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    "entertaining and fascinated"

    As a non con-linger, this was an awesome read. I feel like this book struck the right balance of being a how-to manual for con-lingers, and general linguistics insight book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stacy
    Chicago
    11/03/16
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    "The History of Conlangs & Creating Languages"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Language Invention the most enjoyable?

    The author is so knowledgable, and it was amazing to listen to a history and overview of something I wasn't familiar with but was very curious about.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Language Invention?

    Going through all the different sounds in different languages! I learned why some sounds are so difficult for me to pronounce when learning other languages, and practiced along making different sounds.


    What about David J. Peterson’s performance did you like?

    The narration seemed so patient, going through every sound with practiced ease. As an ardent geek, there were also plenty of pop culture references in here that I really enjoyed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When David J. Peterson was talking about how he felt when he saw one of the languages that he created recreated on the set of the SyFy show Defiance, it was clear that he put so much time and thought into his work.


    Any additional comments?

    This book made me feel so fascinated with the world of consigning. Even though I will probably never create one myself, I love this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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