tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Tue Jun 23 14:39:03 2009

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Re: Klingon orthography

Michael Everson (

On 23 Jun 2009, at 20:42, Steven Boozer wrote:

> Russ is correct.  U, mb, N, ND, ts and ghl are not new letters for  
> standard {ta' Hol}, but are merely ad hoc transcriptions used by  
> "Federation linguists" to transcribe sub-standard and regional  
> Klingon speech.

Standard fare for dialect transcription, though. Same thing happens in  

> Note too that for three of these, Okrand continued his practice of  
> using capital letters to mark unusual/unexpected pronunciations (cf.  
> D, I, Q and S which are not pronounced in {ta' Hol} as the  
> corresponding letters are in Federation Standard (i.e. [American]  
> English).

Yes, but again, he was working within his system, which has  
disadvantages in terms of data processing (certainly) as well as  
aesthetics (arguably).

Michael Everson *

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