Jumat, 07 November 2008

Do You Speak Klingon? by Tony Hendriks

Throughout history there have been hundreds of made up languages. These languages were often made up in order for individuals to communicate privately in the presence of other people. These made up languages were used to keep their conversations private. There are many made up languages that were used in this manner.

Many of us made up languages when we were kids in order to talk around the adults without them knowing what we were saying. This was great fun and would often drive the adults crazy. Other made up languages came out of Hollywood. One such language is Klingon.

This language was created during the long running Star Trek TV show. Most people do not realize the language was first created by "Scotty" for the Star Trek: The Motion Picture movie. "Scotty" was the engineer on the show. Klingons had always spoken English before this. He created a few words and basic sounds. The language was fully developed into a fully-fledged language after the movie by Marc Okrand.

Star Trek fans have kept this language alive and it is spoken by fans around the world. Many languages around the world have slowly died. The writer of the Lord of the Rings, Tolkien understood this and tried through his writing to help people understand how language is important.

He created several languages for the cultures portrayed in his books. The elves, for example, had their own distinct language. Language is important and we need to understand and try and preserve as many as we can. When they die they take history with them.

So the next time you hear someone speaking in Klingon don't laugh. We should all encourage the expanse of language in our world. We should never let a language die.

Did any of our current languages start out as 'made up' languages? For example, is Spanish a 'made up' language? Well, who knows. If so, it certainly has caught on.

Roj (Peace in Klingon)

About the Author

Tony Hendriks' interest in languages has led him to review some of the best Spanish software learning packages on the market. For language trivia and software reviews go to http://www.YourLanguageLearn.com

Taken from : http://www.goarticles.com/cgi-bin/showa.cgi?C=1203986

1 komentar:

Brian Barker mengatakan...

An interesting development!

A new international language, named after Barack Obama. And no it is neither Klingon nor Esperanto.

It is called Obami and can be seen at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/6/23824/4027

However Obami will have a lot of work to do to catch up with Esperanto.

Esperanto is now within the top 100 languages, out of 6,000 worldwide, according to the CIA factbook. It is the 17th most used language in Wikipedia, and in use by Skype, Firefox and Facebook.
Native Esperanto speakers, including George Soros, Nobel Laureate Daniel Bovet, and World Champion Chess Player, Susan Polger.

The World Esperanto Association enjoys consultative relations with both the United Nations and UNESCO.

Evidence can be seen at http://www.lernu.net