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

Robyn Stewart ( [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']

I want to elaborate on this one just because it made me so happy.  every
year at qep'a' we would give Marc a wishlist, and he would mostly just smile
enigmatically and make no comment.  And then Klingon for the Galactic
Traveler came out.  Had he laid out all the wishlists and used them as the
primary focus of the work, he could not have answered us better.  Some of
what seem like throwaway comments in KGT were answers to longtime questions.
Some of the material is actually retorts to us catching him in what we
thought were--and were until he retconned them--errors.  The whole book
reads as a glorious response to the KLI.  Until it came out I wasn't sure
whether we were annoying or appreciated.  KGT made me feel loved.

- Qov

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From: Alan Anderson [] 
Sent: October 13, 2015 13:32
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Subject: Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country Klingon

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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