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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Constructing a Language summer school

In May 2017, David Adger and Coppe van Urk ran a hugely successful university experience for Year Ten pupils on constructing a language.


The programme involved talks by Prof. Francis Nolan (creator of Parseltongue) and Prof. David Adger (creator of Mere and Warig for ITV series Beowulf).

Over the course of a week, David and Coppe discussed things like sound systems, grammatical structure, and syllable structure in order to give students the tools to eventually create their own language in the same way that Elvish (Lord of the Rings) or Dothraki (Game of Thrones) were created.

The week was very much enjoyed by staff and students. Check out David's blog for a run down and some examples of the languages students created!