If you want to hear David J. Peterson say something in Elder Speech, watch the video below or at the top of the page:When we sat down with series creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich to talk more about the Elder Speech, she informed us that it was important to build out the language Sapkowski started in order for the show to “feel as realistic as possible.” She went on to say that by the time you get to the middle of Season 1, “There are entire scenes that are done in Elder Speech. We’re relying on it that much.”
For those of us uninitiated in the language-creation arts, the process seems like a very daunting task, however, Peterson laid out his process for us as if he were merely checking off boxes on his grocery shopping list. “If it’s a spoken language, I generally start with the sound system and then move onto the grammar, which I break down with the grammar of nouns first and then move onto the verbs — nouns are simpler,” Peterson explained. “Then after the nouns and verbs, [I] decide if we’re going to have things like adjectives, if the adjectives are going to have inflection, if there’s going to be manner adverbs that inflect, if there’s going to be any kind of ad-positions [and] if they’re going to inflect,” and Peterson’s list goes on and on.
Hissrich told us that she loves Peterson’s “methodical-perfectionist” approach when it comes to creating language, which is probably why he’s a hot commodity right now. Along with Game of Thrones and The Witcher, Peterson has worked on The 100, Penny Dreadful, and director’s Denis Villeneuve’s adaption of Dune.
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