PHILADELPHIA, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Klingon Language Institute (KLI)
invites Star Trek fans and anyone curious about Klingon language and culture
to a small qep le' (a fun and educational meeting) during the Cannes Film
Festival and Market, Saturday, 15 May from 14:00 - 17:00 at Le Pavillon
Croisette, 42 La Croisette, Cannes. The seminar is free of charge. Several
members of the KLI will attend the festival to support and promote a new
documentary called "Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water," an entertaining
film about Klingon Language speakers that will make its international debut at
the Cannes Film Market.
The qep le' will provide an extraordinary opportunity for people who are
curious about the Klingon language and culture to visit with KLI members who
are fluent in Klingon. During the qep le', guests can expect to learn some
Klingon phrases and play interactive games in Klingon. A brief photography
session will follow the meeting so that guests can have a picture taken with a
Klingon in full regalia.
"These are very entertaining, educational learning sessions," says
Dr. Lawrence Schoen, Director of the Klingon Language. "Frequently we will
have many Klingonists show up in Klingon garb -- and that makes the gathering
even more special."
About the Klingon Language Institute
Founded in 1992, the Klingon Language Institute continues its mission of
bringing together individuals interested in the study of Klingon linguistics
and culture, and providing a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas.
Klingon may sound (intentionally) alien, but it is a complete language
with its own vocabulary, grammar, and usage. Several factors explain the
popularity of the warrior's tongue. While there have been other artificial
languages, and other languages crafted for fictional beings, Klingon is one of
the rare times when a trained linguist has been called upon to create a
language for aliens. Additionally, one must consider 30+ years of the Star
Trek phenomenon, a mythos that has permeated popular culture and spread around
KLI members are diverse, including Star Trek fans with curiosity and
questions about the Klingon language, RP gamers wishing to lend some
authenticity to a Klingon character, and students and professionals in the
fields of linguistics, philology, computer science, and psychology who see the
Klingon language as a useful metaphor in the classroom or who simply wish to
mix vocation with avocation. Though based in the USA, the Institute is
actually an international endeavor, presently reaching 50 countries on all
seven continents through approximately 2,500 members.
For more information about the Klingon Language Institute, please visit
www.kli.org. Details about "Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water" can be
found at www.earthlings-movie.com.
SOURCE Klingon Language Institute