2009-01-14

tlhIngan Hol yIghItlh!

My 1997 proposal to encode Klingon in the UCS still gets attention these days. I found a mention from 2006, for instance. A bit more impenetrable is a post from 2001 in Lojban mentioning me and Klingon together. I can't even begin to wonder what I'm doing on somebody's twitter though.

But it was certainly interesting to see a hardware manufacturer test the market by manufacturing a genuine Klingon keyboard!

I wonder if they are including keyboard layout software that accesses the PUA code positions.

As for Klingon in Latin, I really wish they would have a spelling reform. In particular the use of q for [qʰ] and Q for [q͡χ] is problematic, given a serious potential for trouble in text searching, or the possibility of data loss if a casing operation occurs.

The Klingon alphabet is:

a b ch D e gh H I j l m n ng o p q Q r S t tlh u v w y ’

It seems to me that the following would be preferable:

a b c d e g h i j l m n ŋ o p q ꝗ r s t ł u v w y ’
A B C D E G H I J L M N Ŋ O P Q Ꝗ R S T Ł U V W Y ’

Here eng ŋ and q with stroke through descender ꝗ and l with stroke ł are used, and the orthography is free to use capital and small letters as normal.

bortaS bIr jablu’DI’reH QaQqu’ nay’. qaStaHvIS wa’ ram loS SaD Hugh SIjlaH qetbogh loD.

Bortas bir jablu’di’reh ꝗaꝗqu’ nay’. Qastahvis wa’ ram los sad hug sijlah qetbog lod.

Translation: ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold. Four thousand throats can be cut in one night by a running man.’

2 Comments:

Anonymous Melroch said...

I had a similar idea for revamping Klingon 'Latinization' when I first looked into Klingon years ago. I was Latin-1 oriented at the time so I had thl > ç, ng > ñ, Q > x. The latter seems sensible to me still, as the capital barred-tail Ꝗ is hard to distinguish from ordinary Q, though I'm all for ng > ŋ and thl > ł. At the time Mark Shoulson informed me that most every Klingon beginner wants to somehow revamp the 'Latinization'! Honestly I don't care that much — Klingon doesn't have the right Lámatyáve for my me.

14 February 2009 16:04  
Blogger opoudjis said...

"A bit more impenetrable is a post from 2001 in Lojban mentioning me and Klingon together. "

You should have asked! It's just saying, you can discuss anything in the wiki as long as it's in Lojban, and Klingon was no less legitimate a topic than you. It's the description of you in Lojban that you should be noting: http://www.lojban.org/tiki/Michael+Everson

21 October 2009 19:25  

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