Why language is humanity’s greatest invention

David Peterson|TEDxBerkeley

Civilization rests upon the existence of language, says language creator David Peterson. In a talk that’s equal parts passionate and hilarious, he shows how studying, preserving and inventing new languages helps us understand our collective humanity — and gives a quick lesson on High Valyrian, one of two languages he created for “Game of Thrones” (along with Dothraki). “Language is not merely a tool,” he says. “It is our legacy, it’s our way of conveying what it means to be human.”

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER David Peterson · Language creator, writer, artist David Peterson creates languages for television shows, for films and for fun.

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