Here you can find information about the sound and look of Klingon, and even learn a few useful phrases in the Warrior's Tongue. We also maintain a list of "new" Klingon words. These are words that were created by the language's inventor, Dr Marc Okrand, but not (yet) published in easily-accessible works (such as his books). Rather, they have appeared in online messages from him, or the pages of HolQeD, the KLI's scholarly journal.
The Klingon language is something truly unique. While there have been other artificial languages, and other languages crafted for fictional beings, Klingon is one of the rare times when a trained linguist has been called upon to create a language for aliens. Add to this more than a quarter-century of the Star Trek phenomenon, a mythos that has permeated popular culture and spread around the globe. These factors begin to explain the popularity of the warrior's tongue.
Klingon was invented by Marc Okrand, for use in some of the Star Trek movies. He invented not just a few words to make the Klingons sound alien, but a complete language, with its own vocabulary, grammar, and usage.
In operation since 1992, the Klingon Language Institute continues its mission of bringing together individuals interested in the study of Klingon linguistics and culture, and providing a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas. Our membership is diverse, including Star Trek fans with curiosity and questions about Klingon language, RP gamers wishing to lend some authenticity to a Klingon character, as well as students and professionals in the fields of linguistics, philology, computer science, and psychology who see the Klingon language as a useful metaphor in the classroom or simply wish to mix vocation with avocation. Though based in the USA, the Institute is actually an international endeavor, presently reaching thirty countries, and all seven continents.
The Klingon language is something truly unique. While there have been other artificial languages, and other languages crafted for fictional beings, Klingon is one of the rare times when a trained linguist has been called upon to create a language for aliens. Add to this thirty years of the Star Trek phenomenon, a mythos that has permeated popular culture and spread around the globe. These factors begin to explain the popularity of the warriors' tongue.
In an effort to help struggling Klingon students the world over (as well as those who are bravely winning the battle), the KLI makes some Klingon material available online. Here you can find information about our publications, HolQeD and jatmey, and also our online, Klingon-only journal, Qo'noS QonoS, and the KLI Postal Course.
Please take a look at these materials; we hope they will be informative and useful in your studies.
Students and scholars of Klingon are engaged in a range of projects and events sponsored by the KLI. Not surprisingly, some of these efforts produce exciting materials and new products of value and utility to the linguistic community. This continuing cycle has allowed us to expand not only our numbers, but the reach of the language as well. Activities which were unimagineable when we began are commonplace now. Follow the links and see for yourself.
Support of the Klingon Language by joining the KLI should not be without its rewards. To that end, we are making some material available as a privilege to our members. Non-members are still welcome, and can participate in most of our activities, but membership should still be rewarded.
Joining the KLI is simple; it is open to all individuals interested in the study of the Klingon language. All members receive a free copy of the annual KLI Directory.