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« on: 11 24, 2012, 11:55: PM »

Did there used to be other Klingon languages kind of like how Earth has thousands of languages. I have heard of something called Klingonese and Klingaan (something like that anyway). Are these just different dialects or what?
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« Reply #1 on: 11 25, 2012, 01:37: AM »

Yes, Klingon for the Galactic Traveler specifically mentions that before being unified by Kahless, the Klingons of Qo'noS belonged to many disparate groups, "with different customs and sometimes different languages.", and that to this day there exist dialects so different that their speakers can barely communicate with one another.

What we call tlhIngan Hol ("the Klingon language") is actually tlhIngan wo' Hol ("the Klingon Empire's language").
One also sometimes speaks of tlhIngan ta' Hol ("the Klingon Emperor's language"), in reference to the standard dialect at any one time.

One famous Klingon language is klingonaase: http://www.khemorex-klinzhai.de/faqs/klingonaase.html
This was first used in The Final Reflection by John M. Ford, before tlhIngan Hol and ridged foreheads had been invented.
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« Reply #2 on: 12 04, 2012, 12:36: AM »

    Well, not quite... The Final Reflection was published in 1982, three years after Star Trek:TMP introduced the new standard Klingon make-up.  Also The Final Reflection has it's own explanation of the difference in appearance, which some find works better for them that the explanation later given in Star Trek Enterprise.

    Despite being heavily contradicted by later film, I strongly recommend reading this book as it presents a very rich and favourful vision of life inside the Klingon empire.   Even if you perfer to stick to onscreen canon, it does help to understand the perspective represented in this novel.
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