Creating Klingon : Members Only

Creating Klingon : Members Only


Oct 29 2020
, 7PM- 8PM

A Conversation with its Jewish Inventor

Recorded on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7:00pm EST

Speaker: Marc Okrand

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The Klingon language which began as a few lines of dialogue in the first Star Trek movie, has grown to be what Guinness World Records once dubbed the world’s “largest fictional language.”  Join us as its creator, Marc Okrand shares how he created this unique language – and why – as well as how the needs and trends of filmmaking have influenced and altered Klingon’s grammar and vocabulary.

He will also explore the role of Klingon as a minority language in establishing cultural identity in both the universe of Star Trek and in our own “real” world.

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About Our Speaker:

Marc Okrand devised the dialogue and coached the actors speaking the Klingon language heard in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and Star Trek Into Darkness.  He also created the Atlantean language heard in the animated feature Atlantis: The Lost Empire.  The Klingon language he developed has continued to be used in the later Star Trek TV series.  In addition, he devised dialogue in Vulcan, Romulan, Kelpien, and other languages for several Star Trek films and TV series.

He is the author of The Klingon Dictionary, The Klingon Way: A Warrior’s Guide, and Klingon For the Galactic Traveler.  He did the translation for the Klingon opera ’u’ that premiered in The Netherlands in 2010 as well as the expanded version of the opera’s story in paq’batlh: The Klingon Epic.

He has degrees in linguistics from the Santa Cruz and Berkeley campuses of the University of California and has conducted linguistic research as a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.  He is an associate producer of the documentary Conlanging: The Art of Crafting Tongues (2017).

This live stream Zoom event is presented in relation to the special exhibit Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit, on view September 13, 2020 through April 11, 2021. 

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