Who speaks Klingon

Most artificial languages ​​were created with the aim of simplifying communication, their authors usually sought to make them as "human" as possible. But there are also exceptions when the most rare and unusual designs were used during creation. A typical example of this is the Klingon language, invented especially for the heroes of the Star Trek series. It is spoken by the Klingons, representatives of one of the alien civilizations.

The creator of Klingon is the American linguist Marc Okrand. In addition, he came up with a few more adverbs in this series, and also conducted training with the actors, teaching them the "alien" language. Oakland not only invented the language itself, but also wrote several books dedicated to it - The Klingon Dictionary, The Klingon Way, Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, and also co-wrote the opera libretto in Klingon.

The first sounds and phrases for Klingon characters were invented by actor James Doohan ("Scotty") in the first feature film in the Star Trek universe (1979). And Mark Okrand loosely combined sounds and phrases created by James, with elements of the languages ​​of the North American Indians and Sanskrit familiar to him from the university. if they could mean, record all the sounds spoken, etc. Since the language had to be the same.

Initially, it was planned to create a translation into the new language of only those phrases that were written in the script. But in the course of work, the language became more complicated and growing, as a result, with its help it became quite possible, of course, somewhat conditionally to conduct dialogues on any topics, translate masterpieces of world literature and even create new works. It turned out that even Shakespeare's "Hamlet" can be put in Klingon.

The Klingon vocabulary is not very large, it has about 3000 words. The language is distinguished by sharp guttural sounds and sound combinations unusual for the human ear. The grammar of Klingon is also unusual, the rules were chosen according to a simple principle - as people rarely say, which is the least typical for most human languages. The logic is simple - the Klingons are alien and even hostile creatures to people, which means that their language should be like that.

Unlike many languages ​​created for cinema, the Klingon language has a detailed grammar, syntax and vocabulary, as well as a regulatory organization - the Klingon Language Institute, which publishes translations of classical literary works into the Klingon language and a scientific journal that develops the language.

Interesting Klingon Facts:

  • The Google search engine has a Klingon search page.
  • In Mozilla Firefox, the preferred language for displaying web pages can be set to Klingon.
  • There is a rock band singing exclusively in Klingon. This is the death metal band Stovokor from Portland, Oregon, USA.
  • The 4 main characters of The Big Bang Theory can speak this language and also play boggle
  • In 1992, the Klingon Language Institute was founded.
  • In 2010, a Klingon-language opera was shown in The Hague called '' u '', which means 'the universe' in Klingon. The opera was staged by the Zeebelt Theater [5].
  • In January 2014, the city councilor of the American city of Indian Trail, North Carolina, David Waddell, wrote his resignation letter in Klingon and flew home. The mayor of the city did not appreciate the act and called it unprofessional.