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Re: QeD De'wI' ngermey

Look, Paul, why not write to Lawrence ( and propose your
ideas to him?  Or perhaps he'll be willing to contact Marc Okrand?  I don't
think you'll have much success, but not because of a bunch of rigid

There ARE other groups that speak or would be interested in speaking
Klingon.  The KLI doesn't have some sort of monopoly on the language.  The
"About" part of its website states:

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.

The KLI welcomes other groups' efforts!  If you wanted to, say, start your
own group and create a council to expand the language, the KLI's not going
to stop you.  It won't consider your expansion "official" Klingon, but
you're still free to do it.  Just like you, the KLI doesn't have some magic
ability to adjudicate Klingon.  If you managed to get Okrand's cooperation
and established a hierarchy of succession, or a way to get new words and
grammar, the KLI would consider that "official," 'cause Okrand said it!

(Just don't be disappointed if Okrand doesn't go along with this.  It's not
his goal to make Klingon a popularly spoken language.  He wants EVERYONE to
enjoy the language, not just those who are on a committee.)

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