Can anyone help me with my dissertation?
Greetings! I am a final-year university student who is currently working on my dissertation. I have chosen to focus on fictional languages, specifically Klingon.
As part of my research, I need to find English speakers who know Klingon very well, as if it is a second language. Is there anybody like that on this site, or do any of you here know where I can find a congregation of avid Klingon users?
The requirements are that these people (i) must speak English, and only English, (ii) must know Klingon well, and (iii) must be 18+ years old.
If you can help me, then please leave a comment. It is essential that I find monolingual English speakers who are very learned in Klingon and would be able and willing to take part in my study. Otherwise, my dissertation will be no good.
This Facebook group:
includes some fluent speakers. You could post there and someone will probably be able to help.
Also, the KLI has a FB group here:
If they are fluent in English and Klingon, how can they be said to be monolingual?
I met a few good speakers of Klingon at the German Klingon meetup last weekend, but all of them spoke at least one language in addition to Klingon and English.
In fact, I wonder how many people you will be able to find who speak English and Klingon but no other languages.
Still, good luck!
It's because Klingon isn't really recognised as a language, official or functional or otherwise. Although it was created by a linguist, and has thousands of users, there's still a lot of hesitancy to go so far as to call it a proper language, due to it being made-up. That's why if an English-only speaker knows Klingon, they're still monolingual in English, because their other "language" isn't recognised as a language. My dissertation may be able to change some minds about that, though.
Yes, that's a big worry! The majority of the world is bilingual, and monolinguals are in fact the minority, so finding participants for my study may be difficult. Looking into Duolingo meet-ups like you did may be helpful, though, so thanks for the tip!
And thanks for the luck, too! I'm going to need it! :)
It wasn't a Duolingo meetup -- it was the yearly qepHom organised by a Klingonist from Germany.
As for Klingon not being "really recognised as a language"... those are some odd linguists you have there. All the better if you manage to "change some minds about that", then!
Oh, I see! Well, all the same, meet-ups of some sort may be my answer. Also, I'd never heard the term "Klingonist" before, haha, how interesting!
Yes, it is strange. Even real languages struggle to get recognition. For example, Inupiaq wasn't recognised as an official language until 2014! It's been used by Inuits for thousands of years, and yet was only recognised 4 years ago! And, as you can imagine, made-up languages would have even more of a struggle to be recognised than real ones. So changing minds won't be easy, but it'll be an interesting battle! :)