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Re: Klingon orthography

Michael Everson (

On 24 Jun 2009, at 05:07, wrote:

> In a message dated 6/23/2009 21:00:22 Eastern Daylight Time,
> writes:
>> New speakers trained in any new romanization would be unable to read
>> the classic texts, such as Hamlet and ghIlghameS, unless they learn
>> the old romanization, which defeats the purpose of introducing the  
>> new
>> system in the first place.
> I doubt this would be a problem.  Lots of languages have had  
> spelling or other reforms, and the younger speakers don't seem to  
> have much trouble with reading the older forms.  There's Chinese,  
> Russian, German, Dutch, Irish, Spanish - just for quick examples.

Actually the Irish spelling reform was massive. Not only was the font  
changed from Gaelic to Roman, but suffixes like -ughadh were  
simplified to -ú.

> It would be a difference between one era of Klingon and another, but  
> I don't think it would be a real obstacle, especially since no  
> information would be lost in the new orthography.

I agree.

Michael Everson *

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