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Star Trek: The Klingon Language

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Transcript of Star Trek: The Klingon Language

Klingon is a constructed, fictional language spoken by the Klingon alien citizens in the Star Trek universe.
A History of the Klingon Language
Crossing the Ontological Border of Fictionality
The Klingon Language Institute was founded in 1992 with the purpose of providing those with an interest in the Klingon language and culture a place to freely discuss and exchange ideas.

Members are varied and include everyone from fans of the original series to professionals in fields of linguistics, computer science, and philosophy.

http://www.kli.org
Giovanny Flores
Jani Medina
The Klingon Language
Klingon Language Institute
Bible Translation & Shakespeare Restoration
The Klingon Institute has been working on various projects to further develop the Klingon movement including translating the New and Old Testaments of the Bible, works of Shakespeare and Dickens, a more inclusive glossary of terms and names, as well as promoting the writing of original works.
Other Printed Works
Description of item as sold on Amazon.com:
The Klingon Dictionary is the first comprehensive sourcebook for Klingon language and syntax, including fundamental rules of grammar as well as words and expressions that illustrate the complex nature of Klingon culture. It features a precise pronunciation guide, rules for proper use of affixes and suffixes, and a small phrasebook with Klingon translations for essential expressions such as "Activate the transport beam," "Always trust your instincts," and the ever-popular "Surrender or die!"
Description of item as sold on ebookmall:
"Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam." "It is a good day to die." What is the proper response to this? What should I do? Now, with Klingon for the Galactic Traveler you will know. Organized into four easy-to-use sections, this book will guide your steps through the Klingon language and customs: The regional dialects of the Empire Common, everyday usage of the language The slang phrases and curses that color the Klingon volcabulary Most importantly, the proper verbal, physical, and cultural responses. A misspoken word to a Klingon, who is quick to take offense and even quicker to take action, could have dire consequences. This book is the indispensable guide for the galactic traveler.
'u' - The First Authentic Klingon Opera
A Klingon Christmas Carol
Written in 2007, A Klingon Christmas Carol was the first play to be performed in the fictional language
Klingon for Beginners
Star Trek: Infinite Space was a browser based game released in 2011.

A Klingon for Beginners video tutorial series was developed to teach game players a foundation in the language and customs of Klingon.
Wikipedia & Google
Until 2010 a Klingon character was included in the logo for Wikipedia
Google offers Klingon as a language option for their interface
What is Klingon?
How did it come about?
Linguist Marc Okrand was asked to develop a Klingon language for the 1984 movie, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. The language was mostly made up, except for the already existing Klingon names, Klingon culture, and improvised gibbersih from past movies.

Okrand expanded the vocabulary and developed a grammar based on the original dozen words Doohan had created for the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture.


To make Klingon sound alien consonants and combinations of consonants, particularly retroflex, velar and uvular ones, uncommon in natural languages are used, such as /qX͡χ/.

The Astra Image Corporation designed letters to represent Klingon writing for Star Trek: The Motion Picture and based them on symbols created by Matt Jefferies which appear on the Klingon battlecruiser in the film, and also on the Tibetan script.
Aspects of Klingon language and culture were further developed for the 1987 series, Star Trek: The Next Generation and later series.

Okrand wrote a Klingon dictionary (which to date has sold hundreds of thousands of copies), and the language soon took on a life of its own, being embraced and adopted by fans of the series
How did it grow?
The Language
Transliteration
noH QapmeH wo' Qaw'lu'chugh yay chavbe'lu', 'ej wo' choqmeH may' DoHlu'chugh lujbe'lu'

Translation
Destroying an empire to win a war is no victory, and ending a battle to save an empire is no defeat.
Sample text in Klingon

Klingon Alphabet and Writing
Klingon in the Media
Klingon has been featured in different forms of media outside of the Star Trek franchise.
Movies
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Daddy Day Care
: One of the children speaks a few phrases in Klingon.
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Faintheart
: One of the main characters loves Star Trek, and speaks Klingon to his girlfriend during a romantic situation.
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Kill Bill
: The movie starts with an "old Klingon proverb", displayed in English: "Revenge is a dish best served cold".
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The Spy Next Door
: A character says that another character "found a Klingon dictionary" online.

TV Shows
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The Simpsons
: In episode "Worst Episode Ever", Comic Book Guy is tossed out of Moe's bar. Lying in the gutter, he asks himself, "Is there a word in Klingon for 'loneliness'?" Flipping through his handy pocket dictionary, he looks skyward and exclaims, "Garr'dock!".
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How I Met Your Mother
: In the episode"The Duel", Robin is forced to cancel a date with a geek. He answers with a Klingon insult 'Hab SoSlI' Quch ("Your mother has a smooth forehead") explaining that she was acting without honor.
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Chuck
: Chuck Bartowski and Bryce Larkin communicate in Klingon when nobody else should understand and to verify their identity.
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The Big Bang Theory
: Being a show about a group of "geeks", there are several refences to Klingon throughout. In the episode "The Panty Piñata Polarization", Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, and Raj are seen playing Klingon Boggle and speak several Klingon words during the game. In the episode "The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary", Sheldon actually quotes the Klingon proverb referred to by Khan in Star Trek II: revenge being a dish best served cold. In"The Countdown Reflection", Sheldon tries to wed Howard and Bernadette in Klingon.
Other Media
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Watch Me
by A.J. Holt: A plot point in the novel is a cryptic message left by a serial killer in Klingon.
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Minecraft:
the video game has a Klingon language setting.
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50 Words for Snow
by Kate Bush: In the song, the Klingon phrase
peDtaH 'ej chIS qo'
appears as number 42. She thanks Marc Okrand in the liner notes for providing the translation (for which the literal translation back into English is "It's snowing and the world is white.").[26]
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Klingon Propaganda
: Video created by animation artist Mark Farina and uploaded to Youtube, with the hopes that it could be a proof of concept and to show interest in a new animated Star Trek series.
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