The Klingon Language Institute

In operation since 1992, the Klingon Language Institute continues its mission of bringing together individuals interested in the study of Klingon linguistics and culture, and providing a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas. Our diverse membership includes Star Trek fans with curiosity and questions about Klingon language, RP gamers wishing to lend some authenticity to a Klingon character, as well as students and professionals in the fields of linguistics, philology, computer science, and psychology who see the Klingon language as a useful metaphor in the classroom or simply wish to mix vocation with avocation. Though based in the USA, the Institute's efforts actually have international extent, currently reaching thirty countries, and all seven continents.

The phenomenon of Klingon language has no parallel. While others have invented artificial languages, even other languages crafted for fictional creatures, Klingon represents one of the rare times when a trained linguist has taken up the task of creating a language for aliens. Add to this thirty years of the Star Trek phenomenon, a mythos that has permeated popular culture and spread around the globe. These factors begin to explain the popularity of the warriors' tongue.

If you want to get started with the Klingon language, you need Marc Okrand's The Klingon Dictionary published by Pocket Books (ISBN 0-671-74559-X). Dr. Okrand invented the language for Paramount Studios and has served as a consultant on several Star Trek films and for episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. We also encourage you to purchase copies of Conversational Klingon (ISBN 0-671-79739-5) and Power Klingon (ISBN 0-671-87975-8), two audio cassettes (also by Marc Okrand, with narration by Michael Dorn) which can help you learn the sounds of Klingon and instruct you in some useful phrases. If you live in the USA your local bookstore should have no trouble ordering both of these, or you may order them from this website.

HolQeD, our quarterly journal, serves as the main vehicle of the Klingon Language Institute. Each issue includes artwork, feature articles, and regular columns discussing Klingon linguistics, language, and culture. In addition, members' letters examining, commenting, and debating ideas and arguments raised in previous issues also appear, supporting an atmosphere of mutual respect and open discussion. An academic journal, not just simply a newsletter, HolQeD utilizes blind peer review, and so the Library of Congress and the Modern Language Association catalogue it.

Whether you know only a few words or speak fluently, whether you've never studied another language or can read and write more than a dozen, if you have an interest in the Klingon language, I invite you to join us in our exploration of the galaxy's fastest growing language.


Lawrence M. Schoen, Ph.D.
KLI Director

Translated (kind of) by Mark Shoulson
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