Talking Is Throwing Fictional Worlds at One Another - Issue 76: Language

Published: 19/09/2019
Talking Is Throwing Fictional Worlds at One Another - Issue 76: Language
Source: NAUTIL.US

A few years ago, David Adger was in his office at Queen Mary University of London, where he is a professor of linguistics, when the phone rang. It was a British TV company that wanted him to invent a language for monsters with no lips, just big teeth, in a new fantasy series, Beowulf . Adger loved the idea and concocted a wonderfully weird and complex language called Ur-Hag Hesh. Although he made

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