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Re: Klingon orthography

Michael Everson (

On 23 Jun 2009, at 19:30, Michael Roney, Jr. wrote:

> U?
> Do you have a page number? I don't recall such a Klingon letter

Page 139.

Younger speakers also have a slight tendency to change the  
pronunciation of the vowel "a" in nonstressed syllables to something  
that sounds a bit like the "u" in Federation Standard "but". If this  
sound is transcribed with the Symbol "U", a word like "qaleghpu'" ("I  
have seen you") might sound more like "qUleghpu'". This particular  
phonological inclination seems particularly bothersome to older  
Klingons and is generally considered an error worthy of correction.  
Students who speak this way are customarily reprimanded,

Michael Everson *

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