Languages influencing the creation of Klingon

Many people keep asking which language has had the greatest influence on the creation of the Klingon language. A similar question usually is, which language Klingon resembles the most. Very often, people compare it to Arabic or Russian, but that only comes close to the pronunciation, but certainly not the grammar.

Since Klingon shares a lot with a lot of other languages, it's easy for people to spot things that look similar to other languages they have used. It is also true that some of the similarities are just coincidence, such as the locative suffix -Daq in Turkish is -da.


Native American

At the qep'a' of 2018 Marc Okrand admitted that there was a Native American influence from the languages he worked with, but only with one suffix: -Daq. According to him, nothing else was intentionally based on Native American languages. (1)


During the creation of new words, Okrand has used lots of languages. Some are quite obvious, but others are sometimes unknown. Here too, there have been coincidences: Okrand did not know that the Hebrew word for "star" -- Hov in Klingon -- is 'oHov.


Okrand has once admitted that he borrowed some vocabulary from Cantonese. (2)


One of the most obvious puns was the word DaS for "boot", based on the movie "Das Boot".

See also


1 : Message of 05 August 2018 by Chris Lipscombe, posted on Facebook on

2 : Message on facebook of August 03 by David Yonge-Malle

Category: General    Latest edit: 09 Aug 2018, by RejutkaLupex    Created: 05 Aug 2018 by KlingonTeacher
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