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Re: Translating the word "Klingon" into other languages?

>Date: Tue, 7 Dec 1999 21:48:04 +0000
>From: Matt Johnson <>
>In article <>, Mark E. Shoulson
><> writes
>>Irish Gaelic: Thliongnais (I think)
>Probably Tliongáinis (Tlionga/inis) as the root noun, without any
>lenition, as far as referring to the Klingon Language. If you're
>referring to culture, then you'd be looking towards something like
>'cultúr Tliongánach'.

Bleah.  I know enough of Gaelic to have recognized the lenition, but
didn't.  Wasn't thinking.

>A Gaeilge-speaker, unaccustomed to the tlh- letter in Klingon, would
>probably render the language as (phonetically) "tuh-lyun-gaw-nuhsh",
>with a neutral vowel between the 't' and 'l', much as Gaeilge disallows
>'rt' or 'rm' (amongst many others) as consecutive consonant
>combinations. ("ort" is spoken as 'oruht'.)

...And an English-speaker would probably do similar things with "Tlingon".


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