A manner of speaking
Dothraki is suddenly a growing language, writes the
‘‘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.’’
Khal Drogo’s grieving widow Daenerys, played by Emilia Clarke, speaks Dothraki.