A man­ner of speak­ing

Dothraki is sud­denly a grow­ing lan­guage, writes the

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‘‘You can tell Princess Leia, in her bounty hunter cos­tume, says the same thing twice and it means some­thing dif­fer­ent the sec­ond time,’’ he says.

Then, there wasn’t any­where for the hand­ful of peo­ple who no­ticed to com­plain.

‘‘Now, with the in­ter­net, a mi­nor­ity can be­come an in­stant ma­jor­ity,’’ he says. ‘‘If any lit­tle de­tail is wrong, it’s up some­where on the in­ter­net.’’

Dothraki has a 3500 word dic­tionary com­pared to the up­wards of 250,000 English words. Peter­son hopes to get Dothraki to at least 8,000 words.

‘‘It’s a life-long project to have enough words to at least cover the ba­sics of nat­u­ral lan­guage,’’ he says.

In the world of sci-fi, Dothraki is still search­ing for its cool.

At a con­ven­tion last year, Peter­son re­calls peo­ple dressed in Doc­tor Who and Star Trek cos­tumes laugh­ing at him and his or­gan­i­sa­tion’s booth: ‘‘We were the nerds of the nerds.’’

8.30pm, Show­case.


Khal Drogo’s griev­ing widow Daen­erys, played by Emilia Clarke, speaks Dothraki.

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