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General Discussion / Article about the sounds of Dothraki
« on: May 18, 2011, 05:07:44 pm »
While I'm conducting my slow-motion interview with Ingsve and Lajaki (and thank you both for participating!), I put up something at Alien Tongues about Peterson's sound system for Dothraki, and how it fits in with other human languages in ways that might not be instantly obvious.  Here's the article:

May's horses be swift, may its blades be sharp, may its wine be sweet!

Beginners / Dothraki "h"?
« on: May 18, 2011, 03:53:13 pm »
The Dothraki phonology page on the wiki ( says the "h" sound is uvular.  But the "h" in the show doesn't sound uvular (in, for example, "Hash shafka zali addrivat mae, zhey Khaleesi?"  "Do you want to kill him, Khaleesi?").  Is the actor wrong, or does the wiki have the "h" in the wrong column?

Here's the clip with the quote - it's at about 2:23: The Dothraki Language - Episode 3 of Game of Thrones

Any insight is appreciate.  Thanks!


ingsve recently dropped by our science fiction, fantasy, and linguistics blog, Alien Tongues, to comment on our woefully brief post about Dothraki.

We were wondering if Dothraki enthusiasts would be interested in doing an interview over e-mail, talking a bit about the language as it's being revealed, and the community around it.  Such an interview would do us honor!

Currently Klingon is a bit over-represented on our site, and while we're proud of our ties to the Klingon empire, we would like to see other languages getting their due.

If you're interested, please contact me via e-mail.  I'll also keep an eye on the forum here.  Thank you!

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