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It’s not often that the word ‘inspiring’ is used to describe a day of grammar talks, but I was not the only one to think…

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Pronunciation: ˈkroudˌsôrs
verb
obtain (information) by enlisting help of many people…

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How I created the languages of Dothraki and Valyrian for Game of Thrones

 

In a guest blog article, David J Peterson uses his experience as a language creator on Game of Thrones, Defiance, and Dominion…