Responding to a request that I think came from IRC, here’s a look at personal pronouns in Dothraki. Since I’m a big fan of tables, let’s start out with a table, and then follow it up with explanation. In this table, we’ll have the pronouns going along the left, and the cases going along the… Continue reading Pronominals

To Be or Not to Be?

Always a tough question for a conlanger. Not existence, of course, but the copula, and how to deal with it. First, by way of introduction, the copula in English is our friend “to be”. It performs a few different functions, as in the sentences below: A dog is an animal. (Category Membership) That is Maria.… Continue reading To Be or Not to Be?

Manner Adverbs

There have been a few questions about how adverbs work in Dothraki, but the topic is actually larger than one might expect. For that reason, I decided to break it down by category. Those who grew up with English may be surprised (or, at least, I was at first) to learn that there are actually… Continue reading Manner Adverbs

Any Color You Like

Today’s topic comes from ingsve over at the Dothraki fora. The inventory of color terms in any given language is likely to prove more interesting than one would imagine at first blush. In discussing color terms in Dothraki, then, I’ll add layers of complexity as we move on, starting with the simplest information. Here are… Continue reading Any Color You Like

Asshekhqoyi Vezhvena!

I just learned that today is the birthday of forum member Daenerys. Majin yeraan, zhey khaleesi, astak anha ki, “Asshekhqoyi vezhvena!” I’m not sure how (or if) the Dothraki would celebrate a birthday, but it occurred to me that they’d probably have a word to describe it (it’s a significant enough day in a… Continue reading Asshekhqoyi Vezhvena!