Klingon (tlhIngan Hol) is the language spoken by alien characters in the Star Trek movies called Klingons. The first few words had been invented in 1979 by James Doohan ("Scotty") for the first Star Trek movie. In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, the director and writer-producer wanted the Klingons to speak a real-sounding language, so they appointed Marc Okrand to invent the Klingon language. Besides the invention of few alien-sound words, he also invented a complete language, with its own grammar and vocabulary. Marc created uncommon consonants and combinations of consonants in natural languages in order to make it sound alien, such as /q͡χ/.
Several publications in Klingon are Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing (paghmo' tIn mIS), Gilgamesh (ghIlghameS) and the Tao Te Ching (pIn'a' qan paQDI'norgh). The Klingon Language Institute (KLI) publishes jatmey ("scattered tongues"), a magazine featuring poetry and fiction in and about Klingon. Besides, KLI also holds an annual conference or qep'a ("great meeting"). KLI also publishes a journal entitled HolQeD (Klingon for linguistics), which contains articles on Klingon linguistics, language, and culture. Many years ago the KLI held a contest to see who could construct the longest three-word sentence in Klingon, and this was the winner:
nobwI''a'pu'qoqvam'e' nuHegh'eghrupqa'moHlaHbe'law'lI'neS SeH'eghtaHghach'a'na'chajmo'.
The so-called great benefactors are seemingly unable to cause us to prepare to resume honorable suicide (in progress) due to their definite great self-control.
Learn Klingon in 6 steps, which covers:
- PRONUNCIATION, PART II
- SENTENCE STRUCTURE
- WORD STRUCTURE
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