The Klingon language
, ˈt͡ɬɪ.ŋɑn xol
) is a language
that was made for the Klingons
in the Star Trek universe
. It is a constructed language
, not one that developed naturally. Only a few people can speak the Klingon language well enough to talk in it. The Klingon Language Institute
helps people learn Klingon.
The first Klingon words were made by the actor James Doohan in 1979 for the first Star Trek movie. When they made the third movie in 1984, Gene Roddenberry wanted to have a real language for the Klingons. So it was the linguist (a language scientist) Marc Okrand who made the Klingon language. He has written some books about the Klingon language.
The Klingon language feels like talking backwards. Marc Okrand wanted the language to be as complicated as possible. He did this to make it sound very extraterrestrial. The word order in a sentence is always object-verb-subject. So the English sentence "I see the cat" is said as "the cat see I" in Klingon.
This language uses many syllables that are attached to the word:
||we do not run
When writing in Klingon, some letters are always in uppercase and some are lowercase. This never changes because the letters are spoken differently when they are written differently.