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Derivational Morphology

There is some amount of derivational morphology across syntactic function boundaries, as various words are derived from dothralat to ride, including Dothraki. As well, there appears to be a large amount of compounding which occurs in Dothraki, as "The words for “related,” “weighted net,” “eclipse,” “dispute,” “redhead,” “oath,” “funeral pyre,” “evidence,” “omen,” “fang” and “harvest moon” all have one element in common: “qoy,” the Dothraki word for “blood.”"[1] It is also known that "The word for “pride”—”athjahakar”—is derived from “jahak,” the traditional long braid worn by Dothraki warriors (“lajaki”)."[1]

Thirat atthiraride to live a wooden life[1] may be analysed as a+thira-id-e, as the geminating prefix a+ makes a verb transitive,[2] and ido is the word for wood.[1]

Nouns and Noun Phrases


Adjectives appear after the nouns the modify. This is based off of Peterson's analysis of the text in the books. [1]



Prepositions precede the noun they modify. They may perhaps be made redundant and removed by the inclusion of the ablative case marking on a noun, as in athastokhdeveshizar-oon from nonsense. However, this is not always the case, as in oqet vichitera oma vafikh-oon.' A sheep shivers without its wool.[3]

Prepositions which are indicate the manner of a verb's movement may not exist in Dothraki. See lexical information.


There is an infinitival form, which ends with the suffix -(l)at, as in dothralat to ride and thirat atthiraride to live a wooden life.[1]



Direct Address


Simple Sentences

There is no copula, which is the verb to be. This is based off of Peterson's analysis of the text in the books. [1]

Word Order

The dominant word order is subject-verb-object. This is based off of Peterson's analysis of the text in the books.[1]



Complex Sentences


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "Official HBO Press Release". April 12, 2010. 
  2. "Scientific American". June 3, 2010. 
  3. "Wired Article". August 25, 2010. 
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