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Language: Klingon

  • Apr 12, 2012
  • 07:22 PM

A history of Hollywood's invented languages

David Peterson / CNN
The full history of language creation is a fascinating and varied one, but for now, I want to focus on the use of created languages in television and film. As a starting point, it's useful to examine the usage of "foreign languages" in television and film. Though it's hard to imagine at this point a Russian character speaking something other than authentic and grammatically appropriate Russian in a feature-length film, that hasn't always been the case.
  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 01:07 AM

While English is becoming the norm, the number of new (artificial) languages is expanding

Suzette Haden Elgin created Láadan, a language aimed to be used by women. It was based on the concept that Western natural languages may be better suited for expressing the views of men, with women expressing how one feels about what one is saying, without being forced to respond "I know I said that, but I meant this" (Láaden has a word, "bala", that means "I’m angry for a reason but nothing can be done about it"...
  • Mar 04, 2012
  • 01:45 PM


Liz Essley / Washington Examiner
Klingon had maybe half a dozen lines in the first movie. So I wrote down what they were saying and made a list of all the sounds I heard. And then I imposed a grammar on it. I made arbitrary decisions about how it worked, and then I just added and added. I only made up what was needed for the movie at the time, and then I expanded it later.
  • Dec 12, 2011
  • 09:55 AM

Concocted Languages to Make Other Worlds Feel Real (video, audio)

Amy Chozick / New York Times
Today, a desire in Hollywood to infuse fantasy and science-fiction movies, television series and video games with a sense of believability is driving demand for constructed languages, complete with grammatical rules, a written alphabet (hieroglyphics are acceptable) and enough vocabulary for basic conversations.
  • Dec 09, 2011
  • 03:59 PM

Learning Klingon all in a day's work for actress

Lisa Friedman Miner / Chicago Daily Herald
The Klingon version of “A Christmas Carol” is a bit different from the usual tale of a miser who discovers compassion and kindness after being visited by various spirits. The Klingon Scrooge SQuja', being from a warrior race, takes another kind of emotional journey.
  • Nov 18, 2011
  • 11:53 AM

A Klingon Christmas Carol Returns

Samantha Abernethy / Chicagoist
Trekkies rejoice! The Klingon adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is returning to Chicago this year. Seriously, the whole play is spoken in the Klingon language created within Star Trek and adapted to reflect the Klingons' warrior culture.
  • Nov 16, 2011
  • 06:42 PM

Elvish, Klingon and Esperanto—Why Do We Love To Invent Languages?

Katy Steinmetz / Time
Invented languages do more than cause lively debates among Star Trek fans. Esperanto, and other international tongues, are meant to repair the plague of Babel. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Elvish and its ilk help readers escape deep into literary worlds. And then there are the hundreds of invented languages most people have never heard of, each with its own aesthetic or communal or political reason for being.
  • Aug 10, 2011
  • 05:04 PM

Liveoffice Ports To New Language: Klingon
Torrance-based LiveOffice, the cloud-based email archiving and compliance service, has ported its user interface into an interesting language--the fictional Klingon language from Star Trek. According to LiveOffice today, users of the software can now view its interface in Klingon when they want to access their email archives.
  • Aug 04, 2011
  • 11:06 PM

Invented languages

The Economist
Esperanto is fairly harmonious by neoglossal standards, though splenetic rows sputter between “conlangers”, who think made-up tongues are just for fun, and the “auxlangers”, who are serious about substituting for English. Feuds divided and diminished Loglan, Lojban’s forebear, which also aimed to eliminate ambiguity and illogicality. Suzette Elgin, creator of the feminist Laadan, tried to capture women’s experience...
  • Jul 15, 2011
  • 10:47 PM

Apps on how to speak Klingon

Peter Chubb / Product Reviews
My wife has decided to use Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish, but I was shocked that there are apps on how to speak Klingon. There are some of you out there that would think that this is a joke, but we can assure you that it is not. The first app that we have found is called Star Trek: Conversational Klingon and even features the voice of Michael Dorn, who played the part of Worf.
  • May 12, 2011
  • 10:41 PM

Special deals offered as Star Trek exhibit's run nears end

Louisville Courier-Journal
From 1 to 5 p.m. May 21, there will be several presentations about the Klingon language, given by Tracy Canfield, a computational linguist specializing in fictional languages, and Michael Roney Jr., a professional Klingon translator.
  • May 08, 2011
  • 09:04 PM

Do You Have the Guts to Play Klingon Monopoly?
Yes, it’s as cool as it sounds. Monopoly: Klingon Collector’s Edition – which will be available later this year from USAopoly – features a bi-lingual game board, with six collectible tokens, and 22 planets and territories ready to be conquered by the Klingons.
  • Apr 22, 2011
  • 07:41 PM

Klingon is out of this world, linguistically

By Lindor Qunaj / The Brown Daily Herald
...Introduced as "the only linguist who wrote a book that could be sold in airports," Okrand spoke to a packed Barus and Holley 166 last night about the history of Klingon and his involvement with the Star Trek franchise, along with the difficulties that came with constructing a language from the ground up.
  • Apr 19, 2011
  • 06:56 PM

The Bard of Animation, Space and Dreams: Part Two

Antia Olin / Sequential Tart
The most obvious moment linking Shakespeare with Klingons and Klingon culture in the film has taken on a life of its own. Chancellor Gorkon, a Klingon, tells members of the Enterprise crew that "You have not experienced Shakespeare, until you have read him in the original Klingon."
  • Apr 18, 2011
  • 12:54 AM

The List: Five fictional languages

James Lovegrove / Financial Times
Westeros also has its own language, Dothraki, devised by David J Peterson of the Language Creation Society, based on fragments by author George RR Martin in the books that form the basis for the series. Here are five other fictional languages that you might be interested in learning if you have already mastered our world’s estimated 7,000 known tongues.