Not hard to do. Clicks are awesome. ;-)

He also speaks Afrikaans. See e.g. his "That's Racist" show
(; he makes several
multilingual jokes.

He's a pretty impressive comedian, really. It's hard to match Jon
Stewart, and he's pulling it off brilliantly — with more a global
cultural reference frame too. Would be nice if he spoke more Xhosa
during the show, but that's probably asking for too much. :-P

- Sai

On Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 7:39 AM, Pete Bleackley
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> When Trevor Noah appeared on QI, he quickly convinced Stephen Fry and Sandy Toksvig that Xhosa was the sexiest language in the world.
> Pete Bleackley
> The Fantastical Devices of Pete The Mad Scientist -
> Emily Semantic Recommendation -
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sai <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Fri, 08 Jan 2016 2:49 am
> Subject: Re: David J. Peterson is on The Daily Show tonight
> For accessibility & educational purposes*, here's the transcript.
> Can't guarantee all the breaks are in the right places, but should be
> roughly correct.
> * fair use!
> - Sai
> - My guest tonight is a language creator who has invented languages
> for several TV shows, including Game of Thrones. His new book is
> called The Art of Language Invention. Please welcome David J.
> Peterson. (cheering and applause)  Thank you for being here, sir. Or
> should I say, uh... (chuckles) Hmm. (chuckles) That's all I learned.
> -(laughs)
> -Thank you so much for... How am I supposed to learn...
> -Let's-let's start at the beginning.
> -Sure.
> -You speak how many languages?
> -I don't know. It depends what you're talking about. But I've studied over 20.
> -Studied over 20 languages.
> -Yeah.
> -So, I mean, the list that I have here. German, Arabic, French,
> Russian, Middle Egyptian.
> -Mm, that's right.
> -Esperanto. American Sign Language. I didn't know there was a difference. Uh...
> -(laughter)
> -Hawaiian. Acadian, Attic Greek, Modern Greek. Is Attic Greek just a...? Okay.
> -Uh...
> -(laughter) Hindi, Japanese, Finnish.
> -Yeah.
> -This is just you?
> -Yeah.
> -And then, you were like, "You know what? This is not enough. - I have
> to make up languages."
> -Yeah, well, you know, I started creating languages when I was a
> freshman in college. And it kind of just hit me one day. It hit me
> while I was studying linguistics at UC Berkeley. And I just thought to
> myself, uh, as we were looking at a whole bunch different languages
> and looking at their morphology, I thought, "Well, what if I did
> something like this in a language?" And then, basically, I just
> started in my notebook right then, started creating a language, and,
> um, I have yet to stop.
> -How do you... how do you start creating a language? That's something
> I don't... I don't even know. Do you take an existing language? Is it
> like if I take English, and then I'm, like, Englisher...
> -makinger?
> -Yeah.
> -Wordser? You can do that. You can do that, but I mean, you can't do
> anything. It depends on what your goal is with a language. So, like,
> when I started, I didn't really have a goal in mind. So I was just
> c... I was just writing down a bunch of sounds. I-I made up a script
> that was vaguely like Arabic 'cause I was studying Arabic at the time.
> -NOAH: Yeah.
> -I really loved it. Um, and it wasn't until later that I saw I was
> basically recoding the vocabulary of English with kind of a fancy
> grammar. So now what I do mainly is I'm creating naturalistic
> languages. So what that means is that you try to create a language
> that if a linguist found it somewhere here on earth, they wouldn't
> look at it and say, "Wait a minute. You know, that-that looks really,
> really fake." So what we try to do is, you know, create a history for
> the language. You create an older state of the language. You evolve
> the grammar,you evolve the sounds, you evolve the meanings, and
> produce something that looks kind of like a well-worn shoe, you know?
> (laughter)
> -That's a strange description for it. "Your language is like a
> well-worn shoe, my friend."
> -And so, you have tenses. You have to figure out the language making
> sense. Some of the languages don't even...
> -Like, how do you come up with Dothraki in Game of Thrones? 'Cause I
> just thought the people were making sounds. (Noah speaks gibberish) I
> was like... That's-that's verbatim, by the way. That's...
> -Of course, of course. No, no, no. So, with that one, it was a little
> different project because, of course, George R.R. Martin had created
> some Dothraki words and some Dothraki phrases...
> -NOAH: Yeah.
> the first three books. So there was first a little bit of, uh,
> discovery. So I had to go through, take down everything, see what the
> translations were, make sense of them, see if there was a grammatical
> system that was inherent in them, and there was. And then I basically
> had to replicate that and then build on it based on what was there.
> What language do you dream in? Oh, you know, I've dreamt in a lot of
> languages. I-I remember the first time I dreamt in American Sign
> Language. That was different. I've dreamt in Spanish a lot. That's
> my...that's my family's language. So the dream was silent the whole
> way, like... Yeah, no, but I've even...I've even had fake languages in
> my dream. And when I say "fake language," it was, like, it was
> supposed to be a real language in the dream, and it turned out it
> wasn't. Like, I had an entire, uh... Like, no, it's true. I had this
> dream where there was -Sicilian...
> -NOAH: This is the most fascinating thing ever. -This is just like...
> -Yeah. It was the Sicilian language, and I was like... I was a
> graduate student doing a little assignment on it, and I was creating
> it for undergraduates, and then, when I woke up, I realized, "Wait a
> minute. That's not even close to Sicilian." So I started writing down
> as much as I could remember before it was just gone, but, yeah, it was
> out there.
> -Out there.
> -Then you just made... Huh. I've done the same thing. I wake up, and I
> made a new language. I, uh...
> -(laughter)
> -That happens to me all the time. That's a... So wait. So what is this
> book about? Do you teach us how to make languages, or do we just talk
> about the etymology  and the history of languages?
> -Uh, no, no, no. So, I mean, first, I do go into the history of
> created languages, 'cause a lot of people don't know this, but the
> first created language, or the first one we count was done in the 12th
> century, and people have been creating languages that entire time. And
> now there are thousands of people doing it all over the world just for
> fun. Um, and so I introduced you to that. But then after that, I kind
> of go into my process. How I create a language, you know, how you
> might do it, some of the things that I've done on some of the shows
> that I've worked on.
> -Let me ask you an honest question, 'cause you...
> -Mm-hmm.
> -I feel like you're an expert in this. What is the sexiest language in
> the world? Like if were you to design it, what would the sexiest
> language be? Is it really French? People say it's...
> -I done think it's French. French is like, "Blah." (laughter) You
> know, the most fun thing about this is that you can take any language
> and make it sound sexy. You can take any language and make it sound
> totally unsexy. You know, like, you know, something in Dothraki. You
> know, like, you know...(speaking Dothraki) That's how you say I love
> you, but you could also... You could say the same thing. (speaking
> Dothraki with goofy accent) -And, you know...
> -(laughter) Don't sound so sexy no more. I just pictured all the
> Dothraki not taking over anything Game of Thrones. That would be the
> worst thing ever. It is really exciting, and it was really
> fascinating. The Art of Language Invention is in bookstores now,
> everybody. Go out and get it. David J. Peterson. Get it...(speaking
> gibberish) (applause and cheering)
> On Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 11:07 PM, Jim Thain <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> That was an interesting read. I love the fact that Wikipedia lists David's
>> occupation as writer, language creator. It feels like our pastime has been
>> elevated : )
>> On Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 2:05 PM, Daniel Swanson <
>> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> > Logan Kearsley
>>> > It seems like every time I look, there is a new TV show with David's
>>> > work in it. Is there, perhaps, a comprehensive list somewhere?
>>> Wikipedia lists 14 languages in 9 shows.