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Civilization rests upon the existence of language, says language creator David Peterson. In a talk that’s equal parts passionate and hilarious, he shows how studying, preserving and inventing new languages helps us understand our collective humanity — and gives a quick lesson on High Valyrian, one of two languages he created for “Game of Thrones” (along with Dothraki). “Language is not merely a tool,” he says. “It is our legacy, it’s our way of conveying what it means to be human.”
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