tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Sun Jan 03 06:23:02 1999
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Re: my thesis
- From: "Qermaq" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: Re: my thesis
- Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 09:24:41 -0500
ghItlh Judith Hermans:
nuqneH? ((with a slightly threatening look) Yes?)
>my name is Judith Hermans and I am in my last year at university. I'm
>writing my thesis and the subject is Klingon and it's speakers!
majQa'! chaq jatlhwI' Damoj... (Great! Perhaps you will become a speaker...)
>Now I'm first collecting all kinds of literature about language variation
>and artificial languages, but in a few months I want to conduct a survey
>under Klingon-speakers. My teachers thinks my subject stinks and he is very
>sceptic. He thinks that I won't find any people who speak Klingon and even
>if I find some, that they won't cooperate. Is he wrong?
mujlaw'. (It seems he is wrong.)
>If there are people among you who will want to help me and answer a survey
>in a few months (questions about Klingon and about yourself, because I want
>to get a profile from Klingon-speakers), please send me a mail.
qaQaHqang. (I'm willing to help you.)
>Thanks a lot!
>PS. I have just started, so maybe I haven't looked well enough, but I have
>some trouble finding literature about the language Klingon itself. Not a
>grammarian or a dictionary, because I have those at home (yes, I'm a Star
>Trek fan), but something linguistic. Can someone help me with this or are
>there any linguistics reading this mail willing to answer some questions?
Ok, in English now...
The Klingon Dictionary (ISBN 0-671-74559-X) is the closest we have to a
linguistic guide to the language. The 'official' vocabulary is found in
three places - the dictionary (and use the English to have the most
definitive list, although even that edition contains errors), the book
Klingon For The Galactic Traveler (ISBN 0-671-00995-8), and a "New Words
List" found on the KLI website. (The KLI also recognizes words not from
Okrand's writings as canon in a sense, but not fitting in the corpus of what
we refer to as tlhIngan Hol.)
The FAQ for this mailing list found at
http://labs.thomtech.com/~dspeers/klingon/faq.htm contains some good
grammatical information as well. Be sure to read that. I will simply say,
however, that if you cite it, be sure to credit the writer. I know there is
a site with a linguistic explanation of Klingon, but I cannot locate it. I
am sure the author of that page is a subscriber to this list.
If you have access to newsgroups, be sure to access the server
news.startrek.com where there is a forum called startrek.klingon. Marc
Okrand has posted there from time to time and you may be able to leave him a
And finally, the best way to learn about tlhIngan Hol is to learn tlhIngan
Hol. pagh is the Beginner's Grammarian and would be, oh, so honored to guide
you in a study of basic Klingon. Perhaps translating the Klingon I wrote
above would be a good starting point. I've provided rough translations, of
course, but you could find a more literal one.
Qapla'! batlh yIghojchu'! (Success! Learn well and with honor!)