[tlhIngan Hol] Out of curiosity..

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Fri Feb 22 07:28:29 PST 2019

Just to toss another alternative that at least a few of us might be familiar with, Lawrence Shoen’s pIqaD font maps single-letter keys to what are currently multiple character representations of Klingon consonants. Anyone who has used the font already knows how to type with this character set. It would require very little practice to learn to read it. 

It’s one advantage is reduced character count to represent the same text. Then case would not matter, since Q and q are different keystrokes. 

But it’s just something to play with. I understand that if you have no interest in playing, then why are you learning Klingon in the first place. 

I get that. I didn’t intend to squash creativity, though likely that is how it came across. 

Sent from my iPhone. 
charghwI vaghnerya’ngan 

> On Feb 22, 2019, at 9:09 AM, Daniel Dadap <daniel at dadap.net> wrote:
>> On Feb 22, 2019, at 07:55, Will Martin <willmartin2 at mac.com> wrote:
>> As fans, we can play around with stuff, and I think that’s great. We have a pIqaD alphabet that was not initially approved, and then Skybox came along and now it’s official (I guess). 
> The Skybox pIqaD system has no resemblance to KLI pIqaD other than some of the letters looking the same (but representing different sounds). I think the Skybox pIqaD system only has something like 10 distinct characters, each of them being used to represent multiple letters. I say letters and not sounds because things like tlh got written out as either skybox t + skybox l + skybox H or skybox t + skybox l or skybox t + skybox H.
> The triangles for punctuation convention did originate with the skybox cards, however.
> If anything, maybe the use of a font based on KLI pIqaD on-screen in Star Trek Discovery makes KLI pIqaD somewhat official, but that’s Star Trek official and not Marc Okrand official, since those are two different things.
> What Okrand says about pIqaD is that little is known about it, except that it’s not an alphabet. Yet KLI pIqaD is precisely that, so it’s clearly not what Okrand had in mind. We still use and enjoy it, though.
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