Klingon Language Institute Invites Star Trek Fans and the 'Klingon Curious' to qep le' (A Small, Educational Meeting) During Cannes Film Festival and Market

May 06, 2004, 01:00 ET from Klingon Language Institute

    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
 the globe.
     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