Episode #14: David Peterson and Jessie Sams

Linguistics Careercast
Linguistics Careercast
Episode #14: David Peterson and Jessie Sams

“There are jobs that you could never have imagined – and they’re possible.”

David Peterson received a master’s degree in Linguistics from UC San Diego in 2005 and he’s been creating languages since 2000. He served as a cofounder and original board member of the Language Creation Society, and served as its president from 2011 to 2014. He has worked as a language creator on numerous television shows and films, including HBO’s Game of Thrones, Netflix’s The Witcher, the CW’s The 100, and Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon. In the fall of 2015 he published his nonfiction work The Art of Language Invention with Penguin Books.

Jessie Sams got her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Colorado Boulder, and until recently was a professor of linguistics at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, where she created a conlanging course and taught students how to construct a language from the ground up. She is now a full-time professional conlanger and works with David Peterson.

David Peterson on LinkedIn

Jessie Sams on LinkedIn

David Peterson, The Art of Language Invention

Language Creation Society

LangTime Studio on YouTube

Topics include
– language creation
– conlanging
– grad school
– Hollywood
– language learning

Download a transcript here (Word doc) or view it online here courtesy of Luca Dinu

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