[tlhIngan Hol] Morskan and the unidentified “regional dialect” in PK

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Tue May 14 08:38:28 PDT 2019

On 5/14/2019 10:51 AM, Daniel Dadap wrote:
> The speaker was Dr. Okrand himself, and the lack of aspiration was 
> systematic enough that it seemed quite intentional. (FWIW at least one 
> of the apparently non-aspirated /p/ sounds might have been a /b/, but 
> it’s a little hard to tell.)

I would not take Okrand's pronunciation of dialectical speech in /Power 
Klingon /too seriously. It was recorded before the publication of KGT. 
It was trying to make the dialectical speech sound silly and wimpy 
compared to the standard dialect. The tape is a very tongue-in-cheek 
rendition of a traveler's audiotape, and no dialect-native Klingon 
appeared to be consulted for it.

Non-aspirated *p* in Morskan? Maybe, but you'd need more than /Power 
Klingon/ to conclude that.


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