ELLsoc help organise talk on constructed languages

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Dr Bettina Beinhoff (Anglia Ruskin University) recently delivered a fascinating talk on the topic of constructed languages (e.g. Klingon and Dothraki). This talk was organised by CLL, ELLsoc and Dr Eleni Kapogianni, Lecturer in the Department of English Language & Linguistics.

‘To the layperson, a constructed language like Klingon might at first seem like a collection of random sounds,’ writes Dr David Hornsby, Head of the Department of English Language & Linguistics, ‘The reality, however, is that creating a convincing fictional language requires a large amount of technical knowledge and skill, as Dr. Beinhoff’s talk demonstrated.’

Not only was this a successful talk, which extended to a wide audience, but the creator of the Dothraki language in Game of Thrones, David Peterson, was taught by our very own Professor Amalia Arvaniti, Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English Language & Linguistics, as postgraduate a student at the University of San Diego.

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