tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Mon Jun 10 14:43:42 2002
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Re: klingon letters
> for curiosity: isn't it strange that the klingon transcription in
> english has "D", "S", "I" without any "d", "s", or "i"?
> why do you use capital letters at all (you could use "x" instead of
> "H", "k" instead of "Q", "z" instead of "tlh" or something like that)?
The system that we use is not the actual klingon writing system. What we use
is merely a phonetic representation of spoken klingon. Being such, when
someone sees the character [z] they certainly do not think to pronounce the
sound represented by [tlh]. Ok, that explains the -groups-; but why
uppercase?... The dictionary was written for American actors. Some of the
sounds are similar to how we already say them; w is w, n is n. Some of the
sounds are only slightly different; using uppercase flags these sounds as being
different from how we normally pronounce them. D is not the same why we say
d. Sure Okrand could have used d instead of D, but then people would forget to
pronounce it differently.