The syllables are treated in the klingon like the following:


This never changes. At the beginning of a name the characters never get changed, it stays the way it is, i.e. ch or ng (NOT Ch or Ng).

Composition of a syllable

Most syllables are built of three characters. No word starts with a vowel (V). Klingon syllables are almost everytime "consonant-vowel-consonant" (CVC). gh, ng, ch, tlh and the Apostrophe each form a character.

Many syllables contain only two characters in the form of CV (i.e. na-Dev here, nI-teb alone), which is often used in names to prevent using real words while "inventing" a klingon name.


Often there are syllables with more than 3 characters. These exceptions are CVrgh, CVy', CVw'

Exceptions and names:
In names it can happen to see the following constructions: CVrq and CVrD. Here the only known cases are janluq pIqarD (1), qIrq (2) and qorD %SOURCE%

See also


1 : SkyBox card #25

2 : HolQeD 8.4, p. 12, Dec 1999

Category: Grammar    Latest edit: 24 Nov 2016, by DirkSchlSser    Created: 24 Nov 2016 by DirkSchlSser

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