Egad! Qab Vav!

11 Responses

  1. Al says:

    I can only assume this story killed the Klingon translator.

  2. Chris says:

    Small world. I took a number of college classes from one of the founders of Ultralingua.

  3. eddie says:

    I'm giving serious consideration (no, not really, I mean not really really) to learning the constructed language Toki Pona and speaking it around the kids, although not exclusively.

    It's been said that learning more than one language from a very early age makes it easier to acquire multiple languages later in life. Now, this could be bullshit from the type of people that like to make up languages, but if true, adding a minimalist-by-design language like Toki Pona might be a good way to do that.

    Plus, the world needs more hobos and circus freaks.

  4. Matt Raft says:

    Ken, once again, you have made my day. While I feel sorry for the guinea pig, er, kid, your post deserves one word: Quapla!

  5. Andrew says:

    There's a reason it's call the W(h)orf Hypothesis.

  6. Jag says:

    Hell, it could have been much worse, he could have used Tamarian.

  7. Jdog says:

    Or French.

    More seriously: learning another language, even Klingon, is a Good Thing, IMHO. Interfering with the kid learning English? Well, nah. At all.

  8. Chris says:

    If you work your way back through the links and summaries, it doesn't say that both parents spoke Klingon exclusively. Having one parent speak one language and the other parent speak a different language is a pretty common way of raising a bilingual small child. Doing it with a constructed language is pretty useless as far as giving the kid skills, but is interesting from a linguistics standpoint – Klingon doesn't have any native speakers, so you wonder about irregular verbs, etc.

    Also, this happened many years ago and the kid is fine.

  9. Rougman says:

    I'll bet that Klingon diet was a bitch on the intestines.

  10. Yeah, I didn't really think it was that big a deal either, for all the reasons Chris said above. That being said, I can never pass up the opportunity to troll a bunch of Trekkies, so I gave them all a virtual wedgie. I figure if they love Klingons that much, they must really adore me right about now.