[tlhIngan Hol] info from Maltz on the spellings of Gorkon and B'Elanna

qurgh lungqIj qurgh at wizage.net
Tue Jul 3 11:03:59 PDT 2018

On Tue, Jul 3, 2018 at 10:30 AM, SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name> wrote:

> On 7/3/2018 5:44 AM, De'vID wrote:
> The Latin-script writing system we use for Klingon is a phonetic
> transcription. We don't actually know how to "spell" anything in any native
> Klingon writing system.
> Alas, that is no longer true. Thanks to the intervention of certain
> Klingonists, Klingon has appeared in decipherable writing on *Star Trek:
> Discovery,* in the one-to-one phonemic alphabet invented by another
> certain Klingonist. This alphabet is directly translatable to our
> Latin-letter transcription. We are stuck with this most boring of writing
> systems being on-screen canon, at least for the *Discovery* Klingons, and
> no explanation of why the in-universe compilers of *The Klingon
> Dictionary* had such a hard time understanding it.

Klingon has also appeared in different forms as well, the vast majority of
them are completely undecipherable. If all the writing systems shown in
Trek are valid, then I can see why the in-universe compilers of the Klingon
Dictionary would have a hard time. Maybe they were able to decipher the
pIqaD that maps sounds to single letters, but they still haven't unlocked
all the secrets of the writing system. I'd compare this to being able to
figure out Hiragana, but still having no idea how Kanji works. There's no
way to intuit one system from the other.

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