Sunday, November 22, 2009

What hath Marc wrought? (Okrund, that is)

I hope you didn't miss this one going by.

These Klingon-related language stories pop up almost monthly, it seems—remember the false report of an Oregon county requiring Klingonese among the alien languages on its social service forms?—but I just couldn't let this one from the UK get away.


Linguist reveals: I spoke only in Klingon to my son for three years

A linguist has revealed he talked only in Klingon to his son for the first three years of his life to find out if he could learn to speak the "language."

Dr d'Armond Speers spent days translating phrases to communicate to his son Alec speaking like the creatures featured in space-based fantasy programme Star Trek. ...

HEY, reporter! Space opera, maybe, but not space fantasy....


Dwight Williams said...

Wondering how often "space opera" gets used in conversation these days. Seems as if half the time that I use it, I have explain using TV examples. Including Trek, as ever. :-)

Larry Nemecek said...

Yep, it's as if no one tries to make the distinction any more, or even realizes it. I hate to see good literary SF watered down in expectations like that...not that I was ever a huge SF reader, but I "get" it.