UPDATE: Ten winners have been selected and contacted. As soon as they confirm, the contest will be over. If any don’t confirm within a week, I will move on and select a different winner from the original pool of 205 in their place.

Exciting announcement! My new book, The Art of Language Invention, is now accepting pre-orders!

That’s the cover, and I’m absolutely over the moon about this. The Art of Language Invention is a book I’ve long been wanting to write, and Elda Rotor over at Penguin Random House gave me that opportunity. The book will serve as an introduction to language creation, in addition to looking in detail at some of the languages I’ve created. It can be read by someone without any background in language or linguistics, but there’s enough advanced material in there to be profitable for conlangers of all skill levels. Some of the languages featured in the book are: Dothraki, High Valyrian, Astapori Valyrian, Castithan, Irathient, Indojisnen, Sondiv, and Shiväisith. (Sorry, no Trigedasleng! The book was done and delivered by the time I was working on The 100! Ditto Penny Dreadful.)

The Art of Language Invention comes out on September 29th, but you can order it now, and I’d like to get the word out about it. So!

For TEN (10) of those who help get the word out about The Art of Language Invention being available for pre-order, I’m offering to immortalize your name (or handle) in one of the a priori languages I’ve created for TV or film. Those are: Dothraki, High Valyrian, Astapori Valyrian, Castithan, Indojisnen, Irathient, Sondiv, Shiväisith, or three to be named. Interested? See the details below!


In order to qualify, you must do one of the following by 10:00 a.m. on May 26th, 2015:

  • Reblog this post (favorites are appreciated, but they do not count for this).
  • Retweet the tweet associated with this post (favorites are appreciated, but they do not count for this).
  • Share this post on Facebook* (likes are appreciated but they do not count for this; also see CAVEATS below).
  • Share/reshare this post on Google+ (+1′s are appreciated but do not count for this; see CAVEATS below).
  • Compose your own post on Tumblr or your own tweet on Twitter that links to this post (but you MUST tag me or mention me on Twitter—@Dedalvs—otherwise I won’t know about it!).

Doing each of the items above will give you one opportunity to have your name or handle (or friend’s or loved one’s name, if you so choose) made into a word in one of the above-listed languages. This means each person can have up to four chances (but no more than four). Despite having multiple chances, each person can be chosen only once.

Oh, also, see if you can use the tag or hashtag #aoli (or #AoLI if you prefer). I’ll be using it for the book from here on out!


If you are selected, you may rank the languages above how you wish, but the final decision is mine (sometimes a certain name just won’t fit the phonology of a given language, or there will already be a word associated with that phonological string in said language). You will not be able to choose what the word means, but I promise not to make it something awful. I cannot guarantee that your word will ever be used on air for any show. (Though, of course, if you choose a language associated with a show that’s been canceled, I can guarantee you that it will never be used on air.) And, of course, the created word will officially be the property of the company that owns the rights to the language it was created for. You will not be the author of the word or have any claim to it any way.

I’m going to take down every tweet and every reblog myself and keep track of them. Of those, I will randomly select ten, and then contact those ten people. If they don’t respond in a reasonable amount of time (two days), I will move on to someone else. (Also, note that this is just me doing it. I may make mistakes. I’ll do my best not to, though! I’ll get thisallegra to help me; she’s good at everything.)

I’ll do a follow-up post here with everyone’s words and identifying those who won if they wish to be identified. If they don’t, I’ll hang onto that information myself.

If you make a post on Facebook, I have to be able to find out about it in some way. Facebook has a lot of privacy settings built in, so if you can’t show me your post, I can’t count it.

If you make a post on Google+, tag me in it. You can find me here.

If you’d like your word to be in one of the three languages that have yet to be named, I won’t be able to share those words until the projects come to light. This means I won’t be able to share those words and will not be able to tell you what they’re for right away.

EDIT: Mentioning this now since I didn’t mention it the first time: While I’d love for you to pre-order the book, that will not get you an extra entry. I don’t have any way to verify who’s pre-ordered. Plus, I want participation to be free!

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More information on The Art of Language Invention will be revealed in the months to come, so stay tuned! In the meantime, thanks for reading! <3