The word canon
refers to official original sources for Klingon words, that is to pronouncements by Marc Okrand
, because nobody else can create canon. They are often referred to by abbreviations
Also read about the main publisher, Pocket Books
and see a chronological list of publications
The Klingon Dictionary
(TKD) This is the primary source that describes the Klingon language. The first half of the book is a description of the grammar, and the second half contains vocabulary lists.
Klingon for the Galactic Traveler
(KGT) This book contains detailed information on Klingon dialects, idioms, history, and variation. It also contains an updated vocabulary list with about 600 words, which makes this book a true necessity for any klingonist.
The Klingon Way
(TKW) This is a book of proverbs, based on episode quotes from Star Trek. All new words appearing in this book are listed in Klingon For The Galactic Traveler. ...Read more
paq'batlh - The Klingon Epic
The paq'batlh was the first big piece of literature translated by Okrand. It contains lots of interesting and also controversial translations ...Read more
On Screen Sources
Everything spoken during the Star Trek movies is considered canon, because Okrand was on set teaching the actors to speak Klingon. Except for Okrand himself, this is the only source to hear spoken Klingon, although some of the actors did some mistakes. These were later explained in Klingon for the Galactic Traveler as being regional dialects or even slang.
Most Klingon has been spoken in:
Lines spoken during TNG and DSN are no good examples, because they were created without Okrand's assistance. It is therefore called Paramount Hol. Nevertheless, some of these were also explained in KGT. Star Trek Enterprise seems to have some good dialogues, but it's never clear where Okrand has helped or not.
The journal of the KLI named HolQeD (HQ) frequently published new words and interviews with Marc Okrand.
Audio Tapes / CD
The audio tapes, narrated by Marc Okrand and Michael Dorn offer the best introduction for beginners with Conversational Klingon (CK) and with Power Klingon (PK) for advanced speakers.
The game Star Trek: Klingon of 1996 contained a language lab teaching Klingon.
TalkNow - Learn Klingon! of 2011 is a language learning software for Mac and Windows.