About the Klingon Language

Here you can find information about the sound and look of Klingon, and even learn a few useful phrases in the Warrior's Tongue. We also maintain a list of "new" Klingon words. These are words that were created by the language's inventor, Dr Marc Okrand, but not (yet) published in easily-accessible works (such as his books). Rather, they have appeared in online messages from him, or the pages of HolQeD, the KLI's scholarly journal.

The Klingon language is something truly unique. While there have been other artificial languages, and other languages crafted for fictional beings, Klingon is one of the rare times when a trained linguist has been called upon to create a language for aliens. Add to this more than a quarter-century 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 warrior's tongue.

Klingon was invented by Marc Okrand, for use in some of the Star Trek movies. He invented not just a few words to make the Klingons sound alien, but a complete language, with its own vocabulary, grammar, and usage.


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