Trek Talk Explores Klingon language

The next Trek Talk lecture from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 8 will be hosted by Doug Ball, assistant professor of linguistics. He will dig into the Klingon language, first fleshed out by a linguist in the 1980s. He will overview the history of the language’s development, especially how it differs from other languages in sci-fi/fantasy, like Tolkien’s languages and the languages of Game of Thrones. Ball will also demonstrate how it was used to great effect in “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,” which was its first fleshed out appearance, and point out a few of its interesting structural characteristics. This is an in-person event, but those who wish to attend this event via Zoom should email Jared Young at

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