It’s rap, Jim but not as we know it

November 15, 2009 § 4 Comments

Continuing the alien theme, the last post ended with an implied possibility that aliens might be interested in emotion as well as science. What about alien language arts? Well how about some intergalactic hop hop?  Here is a Klingon language rapper from Germany (apparently) covering a popular Eminem track. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HekpXSI-N_o
How many speakers of Klingon on Earth is not known, but it would seem that for most it would be an L2 after a more terrestrial language as mother tongue. Don’t scoff, there are people who claim that Esperanto now has native speakers!

To understand the rap you can become a distance student of the Klingon Language Institute

Klingon, like Yoda English is on occasion, is OVS. As a rare word order in terrestrial languages, this is deliberated chosen to represent alien-ness. For those of you who are phonology minded here is the inventory of Klingon as reported by Wikipedia and checked against the KLI website. Note before the IPA is the transliteration of the appropriate glyph from the Klingon alphbet.

Plosive voiceless p /pʰ/ t /tʰ/ q /qʰ/ ‘ /ʔ/
voiced b /b/ D /ɖ/
Affricate voiceless tlh /tɬ/ ch /tʃ/ Q /qχ/
voiced j /dʒ/
Fricative voiceless S /ʂ/ H /x/
voiced v /v/ gh /ɣ/
Nasal m /m/ n /n/ ng /ŋ/
Trill r /r/
Approximant w /w/ l /l/ y /j/
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klingon_language)

So off you go to the KLI, http://www.kli.org/ and geek out completely!

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§ 4 Responses to It’s rap, Jim but not as we know it

  • Miĉjo says:

    Don’t scoff, there are people who claim that Esperanto now has native speakers!

    It’s not just a claim, it’s the real thing: about 2000 out of 2 million or so Esperanto speakers are natives. And they’re not a recent development: there have been native Esperanto speakers since the first decade of the 20th century. (A few) more details are available here in English, even more here in Esperanto.

  • masseylinguists says:

    Thanks for that. I wrote ‘claim’ as wikipedia pointed me to the ethnologue, which in the end had little to say about native speakers. Take it to read
    Don’t scoff, there are people who claim that Esperanto now has native speakers!

  • Kunar says:

    Regarding native speakers of Esperanto (I am one of them): Do you know “Native Esperanto as a Test Case for Natural Language” (PDF) by Jouko Lindstedt? He gives some other sources.

  • masseylinguists says:

    Hey thanks for this. The issue of native speakers is clearly a big one for Esperanto speakers.

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