Language & The Expanse (feat. Nick Farmer, Linguist) : Episode 46

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Language and The Expanse

What: A topic-based talk about language! Language in The Expanse, in scifi, and in general.

Featuring guest co-host
Nick Farmer headshot
Nick Farmer, creator of The Expanse’s Belter language

Recommended and Related Media

Nick Farmer
Nick posts lots of linguisty stuff and occasionally shares bits from his constructed language: belter!
Follow him on Twitter @NFarmerLinguist

The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson
The definitive guide to conlanging! A good read even if you don’t want to make your own languages, but are just interested in the intersection of language and fiction.
Read it with your eyes iTunes | Amazon
Read it with your ears iTunes | Amazon

The Expanse
A really impressive scifi series with really solid world-building (a big part of which is Nick’s language work). Highly recommended!
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Show Notes


What are constructed languages? Who makes them?

The Expanse

Designing the language for the TV show. Designing a posteriori languages and a priori languages and difficulties of each.


A Clockwork Orange, Andrew Niccol, and other uses of slang to flesh out fictional worlds.

Pidgins, Creoles

What is a creole, and how did Nick approach designing one for The Expanse


Du ferí da Belte!

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