“I was interested in the question of whether my son, going through his first language acquisition process, would acquire it like any human language,” Speers said. “He was definitely starting to learn it.”
So when Ultralingua, a dictionary, translation and grammar software company in Dinkytown, honored requests from customers to create applications for a Klingon dictionary, they turned to Speers, a self-employed software consultant.
As for Speers, who still gets nostalgic when he recalls singing the Klingon lullaby “May the Empire Endure” with his son at bedtime, the experiment was a dud. His son is now in high school and doesn’t speak a word of Klingon.
Although some of the things he’s done lead people to believe he’s a “Star Trek” fanatic, Speers said it’s actually a passion for language that attracts him to Klingon.
“I don’t go to ‘Star Trek’ conventions, I don’t wear the fake forehead,” he said. “I’m a linguist.”
Вот, кстати, эта колыбельная:
taHjaj wo’ ’ej taHjaj voDLeHma’
wItoy’mo’ vaj nuquvmoHjaj ta’
Dun wo’maj ’ej Qochchugh vay’
vaj DaSmeymaj bIngDaq chaH DIbeQmoHchu’ jay’!
(May the empire endure, and may our emperor endure
We serve him, so that he may honor us
Our empire is wonderful, and if anyone disagrees,
We will crush them beneath our boots!)