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Okrand Interview on BBC's "Business Matters"

On 13 May 2016, Marc Okrand was interviewed in an episode of Business Matters, a production of BBC. The topic of this episode was the question "Can you copyright a language?", in reference to the Axanar lawsuit. At some point, in order to prove that Klingon is a living language, the BBC host and Marc Okrand have a short "conversation" in Klingon. The host's pronunciation wasn't bad, he flubbed a few things but could be easily understood. The Klingon segment begins at 42:35. The Marc Okrand interview begins at 47:54.


At this point it's not yet clear whether Marc Okrand translated this dialogue, but it seems obvious, since the host says afterwards he was "instructed by Marc" for the interview. Each speaker repeats the sentence in English after the Klingon.
Speaker Klingon Spoken Subtitle Literal translation
BBC: tlhIngan Hol vIjatlh vIneH. ngeD'a'? So, Marc, is Klingon an easy language to speak? I want to speak Klingon. Is it easy?
Okrand: Ha (a laugh)... tlhIngan Hol vIjatlh. ngeDqu'. I'm speaking Klingon. It's very easy. Ha! I speak Klingon. It is very easy.
BBC: jum'a'? Hol ngeb 'oH tlhIngan Hol'e'. But isn't it odd to learn a pretend language? Is it odd? Klingon is a fake language.
Okrand: ghobe'. Hol teH 'oH. No, Klingon is a true language. No. It is a true language.
BBC: tlhIngan Hol vIjatlhDI' jIDogh'a'? Didn't you end up feeling just a bit silly? When I speak Klingon, am I silly?
Okrand: ghobe'. tlhIngan Hol vIjatlhDI' jIval. No. When I speak Klingon, I'm obviously smart. No. When I speak Klingon, I am smart.

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Category: Appearance    Latest edit: 14 May 2016, by KlingonTeacher    Created: 14 May 2016 by KlingonTeacher
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