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