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tlhIngan Hol jatlhwI’pu’? flltxeyu leNa’vi? .i cu’e ti poi tavla bau la lojban.
…or perhaps you’re working on your own conlang?
Would be interesting to know if there’ll be anybody else at Eurocon 2011 who enjoys the study, use and creation of made-up languages.

A quick self-bio:
I’ve enjoyed making up words for as long as I can remember, and at around age nine or ten I started on a conlang with its own grammar (which I sadly have little record of, now). Later I started role-playing as a Half-Orc on an Ultime Online freeshard and through my frequent use of “Urk blah blah” (mostly gibberish with traces of the Black Speech of Mordor) developed an interest in Tolkien’s languages. Nowadays my main game is Klingon (which I began studying shortly before I started watching Star Trek, when I still thought that Klingons were those pointy-eared guys), although I also try to squeeze in some Lojban. I’d like to get back to actually creating a language when I can find the time to do so.

DaH yIngu”egh. yIlumQo’!

 

 

Klingon language references

maHvatlh and I had a lot of fun teaching people the art of Klingon insults (tlhIngan mu’qaD paQDI’norgh) this Friday, and hope those who attended had a good time, as well!
Of course, we’d’ve loved to keep you all locked into the basement for a few weeks more so that we could have taught you the whole language, but time constraints and international law prevented us. So, I’d like to post some references here for people who wish to continue their studies on their own:

Books:

The Klingon Dictionary by Marc Okrand – A must-have for all aspiring klingonists. Much more than a mere dictionary, the book is actually primarily concerned with teaching the grammar of the language. Available at SF-Bokhandeln!

Klingon for the Galactic Traveler by Marc Okrand – Not as exhaustive as TKD, but much more of a page-turner. This book goes into more detail on cultural aspects of the Klingon language, discussing subjects varying from slang to gagh preparation.

The Klingon Way by Marc Okrand – A book of Klingon quotes and proverbs, along with explanations. There’s also an audio version of this, voiced by Michael “Dorn” Worf and Roxann “B’Elanna” Dawson.

In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent – The Klingon language (and its speakers) is just one of the topics discussed in this excellent book. Arika Okrent writes both professionally and personally of her visit to this strange world. Also available at SF-Bokhandeln.

Audio guides:

Conversational Klingon by Marc Okrand – An audio guide to the basics of the Klingon language. Available on iTunes, and as part of the Klingon Language Suite from Ultralingua. Voiced by MO and Michael Dorn.

Power Klingon by Barry Levine and Marc Okrand – A follow-up to Conversational Klingon. Narrated by MO and Michael Dorn.

Apps:

Ultralingua’s Klingon Language Suite – For the iPhone and iPod Touch. ultralingua DOT com/products/klingon-suite DOT html

Online resources:

www DOT kli DOT org – The website of the Klingon Language Institute. Interesting features include their “Sounds of Klingon” page and the tlhIngan-Hol mail-list.

www DOT klingonska DOT org – Includes a Klingon-English-Swedish dictionary, as well as numerous grammar guides, a canon archive and other interesting features.

http colon-slash-slash hol DOT kag DOT org – Includes an English-Klingon dictionary and Klingon-English word parser, as well as many other interesting features (including Klingon Boggle).

www DOT klingon DOT org – Their forum is a great place to ask for Klingon language help.

#tlh – The Twitter hashtag of choice for Klingon-speakers.

batlh yIHaD!
[This means either “Study honor” or “Study honorably”, depending on whether you choose to interpret batlh as a noun or an adverb.]

tlhIngan Hol jatlhwI’

 

New conlang

I will be handing out a brief description on a new conlang that will be released later this year. If any conlinguists or others want to learn more about this, please contact me! I will be in panels and participating in the program all three days (fri-sun). You can find my name in the program.
/ Kristina Hård

 

Re: New conlang

Would have loved to takeyou up on that, but sadly my schedule this weekend did not allow it :/
Have you created other conlangs before, or is this your first?

tlhIngan Hol jatlhwI’

 

Conlang people

Biörn X Öqvist, head of the Klingon Academy in Sweden, will be there. The program isn’t completely finished yet, but there will probably be a program item about how to insult people in Klingon and one workshop about Tengwar.

Re: Conlang people

Nice to hear that Biörn will be there; I had the chance to meet him when he held a series of lectures at Medborgarskolan in Stockholm, and to pick up a copy of his tlhIngan Hol mu’ghom mach (Klingon Pocket Dictionary). Klingonska Akademien’s website was instrumental to me when I first started learning Klingon back in the day.

I look forward to checking out the Tengwar lecture; I’ve tried my hand at it, but I’m not very good.

tlhIngan Hol jatlhwI’

Sort of

I’m sure there will be other Klingonists there. Myself, I used to love Tolkien’s languages although I never studied them seriosuly so I have vocabulary but no grammar. I’ve had a look at Talossan (as a citizen of the Republic of Talossa –http://talossa.org/ ).

 

Re: Sort of

Cool; I wasn’t aware that there was a Talossan language.

Garo arad vaer.

tlhIngan Hol jatlhwI’

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