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Nerdist Podcast: David J. Peterson
Episode 502: Nerdist Podcast
David J. Peterson
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Nerdist Podcast: David J. Peterson

The guys sit down with linguist David J. Peterson to discuss how he makes up new languages, working on movies and shows like Game of Thrones, and the history and evolution of dialects and languages around the world!


  1. Anna says:

    The guest must have a limited group of people he talks to if he doesn’t think language is mish-mashing. Most people I know casually speak some Spanish (mostly only a few phrases and words, but commonly enough it certainly counts), and we have loan words from every country we’ve ever traded with or raided (so…quite a few). The amount of Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Native American, and various African languages (just to name a few) that have been woven into the American dialect (and then dispersed by soldiers and businessmen throughout the rest of the world) is quite significant.

  2. Alwin says:

    What was the language learning program he recommended? I hate not being able to stop and take notes while listening to podcasts when I have my hands dirty doing dishes and shit.

  3. Mish says:

    Hindu is not a language.

  4. Hutchero says:

    Fascinating episode but no idea why jonah keeps insisting we Scots use rhyming slang, that’s cockneys

  5. BlackGriffen says:

    The name for Kahless actually predates them making Klingon a language. Kahless was the Klingon character in Star Trek, the original series, season 3 episode 77, “The Savage Curtain.” That was back when they called the language Klingon, Klingonese. :)

  6. Anna says:

    Yay, I speak some Greenlandic(Inuit language) and English! I´m glad somebody acknowledge how tough my high school homework was 😉

  7. Jan says:

    That was an April’s fools joke, wasn’t it? No? Oh.

  8. Phil says:

    When a female horse breeds with a male donkey they produce a mule. Mules are great animals, but they can’t reproduce. A female donkey and a male horse produce a Hinny. Hinnies can’t reproduce either.

  9. Wildride says:

    Aramaic can be tricky to learn, especially the special tenses you have to know for when you die while carving it.

  10. Carlos says:

    Great episode, about an actual nerd subject. I appreciate the really famous people that come on but this kind of episode I think stands on its own independent of the famosity of the guest, just really fascinating.

  11. Bobbi says:

    I had forgotten how much I miss Matt and Jonah’s presence on these podcasts. Also, amazing guest…. fucking fascinated.

  12. Jordan says:

    “Could be a secret wedding ring he only uses for himself” — a great joke from Matt that basically went unnoticed.

  13. Brian Mah says:

    I need to say about the podcast that I think we are speaking “Bladerunner” mix language. I asked this same questions to Edward James Olmos. It’s like Hawaiian Pidgeon English. I am Asian American and I mix up Eng, SPN, JPN, KRN, and MAN CHN. I think gaigokugo no lingue mal es muy importatante. So desu ne… 😛

  14. albs says:

    I loved this episode. I started out casually interested, and by the end I was completely fascinated. I didn’t want it to end! It made me want to learn more about how languages develop. So cool. Thanks, guys.

  15. Rowdy says:

    I was going write a paper for Historical Comparative Ling on constructed languages, and specifically target Valyrian and Dothraki, but I couldn’t come up with enough datasets from the proto forms to show the language change at the time. Wishing I had waited to take that class now! Great guest and great show, could listen to him for hours.

  16. Trish says:

    This was an incredible podcast! Even though I am not a computer/video game nerd, I still find all the Nerdist podcasts interesting to varying degrees, but this interview knocked my morpheme-loving socks off! I couldn’t stop smiling throughout the entire interview. Please, please, please encourage more language nerds to come on the podcast!

  17. J.J. Lee says:

    this was fucking fantastic. I loved this podcast!

  18. itsacomment says:

    You rock, Jonah!! Thank you for intervening on behalf of everyone who didn’t understand the guest. I found that DP used tons of linguistic jargon and complicated examples, which made a fascinating topic somewhat inaccessible.

  19. BassBone says:

    The guy who did the Schoolhouse Rock shorts is Jack Sheldon, who is not only a great singer, but also one of the great jazz trumpet players. He plays weekly at Jax (no relation) in Glendale and it’s amazing. Fun fact: When recording Schoolhouse Rock he used a pseudonym because the recordings were non union and the Musicians Local 47 in Los Angeles was and is notoriously strict about union rules.

  20. Jusbow5 says:

    I’ve always wondered when the English, who settled America lost their british accents and our accents (which are varied)

  21. Snorri Guðjónsson says:

    excellent nerdcast, but a distinct lack of discussion about the most important language in the world, Icelandic ;P

  22. What Happened To The Quemments? says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed this episode, it has a good balance of funny and informative. Also really glad the three of you are featured on this one, that’s become rarer as of late though I know it’s for good reason.

    PS: I’d love to see Sessler on the podcast, especially after the recent news with him.

    Enjoy the episode tomorrow, everyone!

  23. Podcast on a Saturday? Anarchy!