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Re: Klingon Wiritng (was Re: Georgian)

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Sunday, June 4, 2006, 18:27
On 6/4/06, Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...> wrote:
> The piqhad isn't canon? I'm sure I've seen it on the KLI website, which is > usually second-order canon, at least.
IT's not canon. The people who dress the sets for the Trek TV shows and movies didn't want to be constrained by having to get the writing correct, so there is no official deciphering of the glyphs. The "pIqaD" system used by the KLI is unofficial - if you apply it to onscreen text, it makes no sense, and there are also some glyphs which appear onscreen which have no mapping in the system. Which, in turn, means that it's not really 'pIqaD', which theoretically refers to the genuine system, not the fannish alphabet. So the KLI system is frequently called pIqaDqoq "so-called pIqaD". Nevertheless, it is used somewhat widely among Klingonists, especially but not exclusively those in the KLI tradition, as a sort of extra, pretty alphabet for printed works. The cover of the KLI's quarterly journal, the book jackets and title pages of things like the translation of Hamlet, and similar works all feature pIqaDqoq text. -- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>