tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Sun Jan 03 12:02:56 1999
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Re: my thesis
On Sun, 3 Jan 1999, Judith Hermans wrote:
> 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!
Welcome to the list, Ms. Hermans! I wish you Qapla' (success) on this
worthy project! :>
I'm more a student of the culture (why things are said certain ways in
Klingon) than the language itself, but I'll assist where I can. :>
> Now I'm first collecting all kinds of literature about language variation
> and artificial languages,
Good idea. :>
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?
Of course he is wrong! Just because someone invents a language doesn't
mean it's not valid-- *all* languages were invented at some point!
Will you need someone to come to the class and... *convince* him of his
mistaken ideas? :>
> 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.
Send it on! :>
> Thanks a lot!
I am honored to be of assistance.
> 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?
I'd suggest raiding the Klingon Language Institute site
(http://www.kli.org). It's perhaps the most comprehensive online resource
and will undoubtedly be a huge help to you.
--da laffin tlhIngan :>
- my thesis
- From: Judith Hermans <J.P.J.Hermans@kub.nl>