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 membership is diverse, including 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 is actually an international endeavor, presently reaching thirty countries, and all seven continents.
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 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’re just getting started with the Klingon language the place to begin is with 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 been a consultant on several Star Trek films and for episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I 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’re in the USA your local bookstore should be able to order both of these without difficulty, or you may order them from this website.
The main vehicle of the Klingon Language Institute is HolQeD, our quarterly journal. 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. More than simply a newsletter, HolQeD is an academic journal utilizing blind peer review, registered with the Library of Congress, and catalogued by the Modern Language Association.
Whether you’re a rank beginner or completely fluent, 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.
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