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Marc Okrand
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Jan. 1 1992 067174559X 978-0671745592 Subsequent
The Klingon Dictionary is the first comprehensive sourcebook for Klingon language and syntax, including fundamental rules of grammar as well as words and expressions that illustrate the complex nature of Klingon culture. It features a precise pronunciation guide, rules for proper use of affixes and suffixes, and a small phrasebook with Klingon translations for essential expressions such as "Activate the transport beam," "Always trust your instincts," and the ever-popular "Surrender or die!"

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The Klingon Dictionary is the first comprehensive sourcebook for Klingon language and syntax, including fundamental rules of grammar as well as words and expressions that illustrate the complex nature of Klingon culture. It features a precise pronunciation guide, rules for proper use of affixes and suffixes, and a small phrasebook with Klingon translations for essential expressions such as "Activate the transport beam," "Always trust your instincts," and the ever-popular "Surrender or die!"

About the Author

Marc Okrand

Marc Okrand devised the dialogue and coached the actors speaking the KlingonTM language heard in Star Trek III: The Search for SpockTM, Star Trek V: The Final FrontierTM, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryTM. The Klingon language he developed has also been used in a number of episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation&reg and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine&reg. In addition, he created the Vulcan dialogue for Star Trek II: The Wrath of KhanTM and Star Trek III.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Learn Klingon--The Easy Way Feb. 12 2004
Format:Paperback
Linguist Marc Okrand was asked by the producers of Star Trek III, to expand on the Klingon language, first heard in Star Trek The Motion Picture. What came out of the request, not only influenced the feature films, but each of the spin off television series as well.
When the first edition of The Klingon Dictionary saw print in 1985, legions of Trekkers (myself included) wanted to crack the secrets of the language--and the book allowed us to do that. Ater the Klingon race played a substantial role in the plot of Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country, in 1991, a revised edition was warranted. The 92 edition features the same layout of the other versions. The book takes you from the sounds of Klingon, through all of the different types of words, to an actual mini dictionary of key words and phrases. Okrand wisely didn't try and tinker with the layout though, with tongue firmly in cheek-the idea of a book like this still makes for a fun read. The latest edition has 192 pages and is worth it for any would be Klingon warriors out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Space, all warriors are Cold Warriors June 10 2000
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loghDaq Suvrupbogh SuvwI'pu' chaH Hoch SuvwI'pu''e'... Learning a new language may be daunting, but what Klingon warrior does not appreciate a challenge? Marc Okrand is the professional linguist who designed the language of the most popular of Star Trek alien species. Far from meaningless grunting and growling, the klingo-lingo termed "tlhIngan Hol" possesses a rich vocabulary and brilliantly conceived grammatical structure. It is an actual language, ironically considered the fastest-growing on earth. Despite its conciseness, it takes effort to learn the complex syntax and rasping, guttural pronunciation. This is why the majority of its fluent speakers are serious students of linguistics, rather than sci-fi fans. Besides the basic "Klingon Dictionary", Okrand has published two other related books, "The Klingon Way" and "Klingon for the Galactic Traveler", as well as two instructional tapes. These materials provide a remarkably thorough course of study. Upon completion, klinguists are able to converse about practically anything -- although it is especially helpful if the topic relates to war or honor!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun book! Dec 12 2002
Format:Paperback
This was a great book for budding linguists! I was a linguistics major at university when I bought this, studying AI among other things. I attempted to get a course created that studied how a 'constructed' language like Klingon, (which a practicing linguist designed!) would work, and how it was designed. We had a professor interested, and at least a dozen senior students, but couldn't get the department head to sign off on the idea, (she was very conservative, and couldn't see the sense in studying a non-natural language, even if it was built using natural-language principals!) Too bad, though, as it could have been really interesting. Anyway, the book is well put together, and as I mentioned, the language was designed around sound linguistic principals as a potentially 'real' language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gives the Nuts and Bolts Nov. 2 2000
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This book does not just teach a few phrases in Klingon, it gives readers the nuts and bolts of the language. Don't be fooled, Klingon is a real language. Many language programs just teach a few phrases and skip over the fundamental aspects of the language. This book uses grammatical terminology that makes it easy to put together your own sentances accurately. At the end of the book you will find a section devoted to common phrases making it easy to put together the new ideas. Also, a highly detailed sketch of pronounciation is given. If you want to learn Klingon, this is a must. Qapla' !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book ever made! Dec 27 2001
Format:Paperback
I just got this book as a christmas present. I think it's the best dictionary ever! I now know how to speak a few phrases in Klingon, but I'm still learning to speak more phrases of the language to myself. If you don't have this book, Get it now. It's the best book that'll help you learn the basics and all the grammar of the language of the Klingon Empire. I rate this book 5x2 stars. It's the best Klingon dictionary Okrand ever made! Buy it and you'll learn the greatest language of the Empire! Qapla'!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining challenge for linguophiles July 7 2000
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Though the insistence that there really are Klingons might be off-putting to some linguophiles, the work put into developing this OVS artlang justifies a read of the book. Like many initial grammars, there are words and issues of syntax which are overlooked. Yet, the material in this book renders the language usable, especially when coupled with Klingon for the Galactic Traveler (also by Marc Orkand), and can be an entertaining challenge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It saved my life! Aug. 17 2002
Format:Paperback
This dictionary is a life saver if you attend DragonCon in Atlanta! That place is overflowing with Klingons. I used this guide to tell one not to kill me when I bumped into him there. He was quite full of insults, though.
All in all, this book is a lot of fun and could be the start of your very own linguistic journey into the heart of a warrior race. Be careful not to spill your blood wine on the important parts, though...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun! Oct. 20 2001
Format:Paperback
Ok, I'm not a hard core Trekkie, and I don't speak Klingon. I read this with an interest in language studies and philology. While I think some of Okrand's ideas in language design are a bit extreem and garrishly unwieldly (and he feels compeled to move all phenomes to the back of the mouth and throat), he still made them work. It's fun to read for a conlanger or just to pick up a few intimidating phrases.
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