Ultralingua Klingon-English Dictionary

The Klingon-English Dictionary is a part of the Klingon Language Suite by the software producer Ultralingua.

Software Versions

  • Version 7.1 is available for Windows.
  • Version 7.1.12 is available for Mac.
  • Version 1.3.3 is available for iPhone & iPod touch

Creation

d'Armond Speers provided the word list as well as information on synonyms/antonyms, related words, and other lexicographic data. He started with the lexicon he had developed for pojwI', updated it to include new words and sent the result to them. Speers also provided some feedback and answered some questions, but most of his contribution was in the materials. It is unsure what additional data or sources they may have consulted(1).

Adding new words

In the OS X version, you can add new entries with the plus-sign-button at the far right edge of the bar where you select whether you are working from English to Klingon or vice versa. New entries have darkened definitions so that you can recognize the difference in the list. Right-mouse-clicking or control-clicking definitions you have added allow you to edit your entries or delete them. These options are not available for the words that are listed in the basic software. The same pop-up menu allows you to add words to the flash-card list.

For multiple, searchable English entries, you put in multiple Klingon entries (one with each of the multiple English definitions) and the product puts them together and numbers them.

Bugs

The entry for mach be small is inconsistent with the entry for any other adjectival verb. Type in "small" in the English-Klingon search and there are no entries found. Type in "be" and the only adjectival verb to show up is "be small".

Comment

bubble   This is an OPINION PAGE. It may contain different points of view about different parts of Klingon. You may add useful thoughts, but please remember this is not a forum.

There is a degree to which Klingon has been squeezed into a template that doesn't fit it especially well, but the programmers have made an honest effort to provide a useful tool.

There are no citations of sources, so its utility to me is limited, and there are little things in the interface that bother me, like when you've selected dictionary, you have to remember to select English-to-Klingon or vice versa when appropriate, and no keyboard appears until you have tapped into the field where the entry is to be made. Why the extra step? If I'm on this page, I have no reason to be here except to type in an entry, but no: I have to tap the field, wait for the keyboard, then type the word, then wait for the response.

But it does have help with prefixes (the classic table), and suffixes, not very efficient for browsing, but if you can remember which Type you are looking for, you can see a list and explanation of meaning of each suffix.

So, clearly, there are resources that UltraLingua holds for themselves in terms of entry notation that the rest of us cannot access. Either we have no access to the feature, or we have no explanation of how to access the feature. The effect is the same.

Disappointment is an understatement.

lojmIt tI'wI'nuv to the mailing list on 7 July 2014

See also

References

1 : Message to the Mailing list by d'Armond Speers on July 3 2014

External links

Category: Software    Latest edit: 04 Apr 2017, by MarcZankl    Created: 08 Jul 2014 by KlingonTeacher
History: r4 < r3 < r2 < r1 - View wiki text



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