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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country Klingon Dialogue

Alan Anderson ( [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']

On Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 2:35 AM, qunnoQ HoD <> wrote:
> has Okrand ever been asked,on the subject of commas/question marks etc ?
> (their existence,uses etc..)

Yes, mostly informally, though I think the question was on at least
one of the annual KLI "wish lists" we used to compile in the early
days of Klingon study. For many years, we had only The Klingon
Dictionary as a guide to writing. It doesn't use punctuation in its
Klingon sentences. But those sentences are simple and few, and we
didn't know whether using commas or question marks would be *wrong*.

Then The Klingon Way was published, and it's full of Klingon
sentences. Those sentences use punctuation. So that's his answer to
us: go ahead and punctuate.

The Skybox cards use upward- and downward-pointing triangles as
apparent pauses and full stops. Those symbols are encoded in the
Unicode Private Use Area for Klingon, and some people use them in
their pIqaD writing.

-- ghunchu'wI'

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