[tlhIngan Hol] Is Star Trek: Discovery a new canon category?

Alan Anderson qunchuy at alcaco.net
Thu Aug 10 17:46:56 PDT 2017

On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 2:17 PM, De'vID <de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com> wrote:
> Are people going to accept sentences from Star Trek: Discovery as
> canonical Klingon? (For example, no objection if I use sentences from
> the show as examples in {boQwI'}?)

I object. Why would you pick those sentences as examples, and not, for
instance, sentences from Qo'noS QonoS?

They're sentences created using Okrandian grammar, but they are not
Okrandian sentences. We should not treat them as "correct by default". They
very well could be worthy of emulation, but some of them might have
accidental mispronunciations that didn't get caught in time, or might use
controversial grammar, or might be intentionally aberrant for effect. I
would enthusiastically accept any compilation of Klingon spoken on the
show, but I would not want it to be treated with any sort of authority. We
don't accept as canonical the invented idioms in the Klingon version of
Hamlet, and we don't add to a dictionary the borrowed words in Much Ado
About Nothing. Similarly, what makes it into the released episodes of
Discovery should not change our textbooks. It's possible that a clever turn
of phrase will turn out to catch the collective fancy of Klingon speakers,
and thus influence how we say certain things, but I don't think that should
be any more of an example than something from the Tao Te Ching.

How would you answer if YOU were the one providing Klingon translations for
the lines in Discovery scripts?

-- ghunchu'wI'
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