Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Tao te Kling

And now something for the true Geek......
It shouldn't have come as a surprise.There is actually a Klingon language. I kid you not. According to the wikipedia article:
"The Klingon language (tlhIngan Hol in Klingon) is the constructed language spoken by Klingons in the fictional Star Trek universe. Deliberately designed by Marc Okrand to be "alien", it contains many peculiarities, such as Object Verb Subject (OVS) word order. The basic sound (along with a very few words) was first devised by James Doohan ("Scotty") for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. That film marked the first time the language had been heard on screen, all previous appearances of the Klingons being in English. Klingon was subsequently developed by Okrand into a fully fledged language."
There is even a website for The Klingon Language Institute .
If that's not geeky enough for you; there's even a Klingon translation of the Tao Te Ching of Lao Tse.

3 comments:

Dominique said...

QaPla!

Actually, we're still waiting on the Shakespeare in the original Klingon.

Qunchuy said...

The Klingon translation of the Tao Te Ching is now published and available for purchase.

http://www.amazon.com/Tao-Te-Ching-Agnieszka-Solska/dp/0964434555

Dominique, you're behind the times. The "restored Klingon versions" of Hamlet and Much Ado about Nothing have been around for years.

http://www.amazon.com/Klingon-Hamlet-Lawrence-Schoen/dp/0671035789

http://www.amazon.com/Much-Ado-About-Nothing-Restored/dp/158715501X

Dominique said...

Qunchuy: I meant all the works. But I would be happy with just Richard III and Macbeth.

Hamlet isn't quite Klingon enough (more Romulan).