Phonology and lexis not based on any natural language
Verb tenses indicated by time words (like Esperanto, ASL)
No case or gender, OVS word order
No adjectives – description expressed by verbs or noun suffixes
Klingon Language Institute in Flourtown, PA translates other works into Klingon, organizes meetings and summer camps
Nevertheless, not widely spoken
Klingon Developed in 1983 by Dr. Marc Okrand of Berkeley University Linguistics Dept. for “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” Source: Judith Hermans – Klingon and its Users, Tilburg University 1999 Images: http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/4854/whylang.htm, www.dragoncontv.com Joyce M Lanterman
Actually a family of languages created by J.R.R. Tolkien, author and Oxford philologist
Most common is Sindarin:
Phonology similar to Welsh
Mainly analytic grammar
“ Derived” from an “older” Elvish
Alphabet is called Tengwar
Source: Wikipedia Images: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tengwar_sample.svg, http://www.freewebs.com/random_isawien/elves.htm Joyce M Lanterman
A Geek By Any Other Name Source: LiveJournal learn_languages community Joyce M Lanterman n ørd Swedish friki Spanish mokh (brain), katib, adeeb (writer) North Africa Langweiler (boring person), Sonderling (“special” person), Streber (one who strives, climber), Aussenseiter (outsider) freak, nerd German taupe (mole) jiik French anorak, trainspotter nerd, geek UK English otaku (used to be insulting, now “cute”) Japanese arvutifriik (computer freak), nohik (teacher’s pet) Estonian gik Costa Rican Spanish teto (dummy) ñoño (buffoon) Mexican Spanish zadrot, botan Russian Pejorative Polite
“ The name Sci-Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games…as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular.”
BET changing its name. Why? “ The name BET has been associated with blacks and drug-dealing criminals in inner city ghettos…as opposed to the general public and the educated professional audience in particular.” What if another specialty TV station made a similar decision? Disclaimer: no one ever actually said this! It’s a hypothetical situation. Quote source: Tim Brooks, quoted at tvweek.com: http://www.tvweek.com/news/2009/03/sci_fi_channel_aims_to_shed_ge.php Images: http://www.scifi.com/, http://www.bet.com/ Joyce M Lanterman
A very popular idea, it’s all over the internet—but with very little science to back it up!
Jan 2005: Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen (Cambridge University Autism Research Center) surveyed 378 math undergrads (vs control group of 414 other majors) for diagnosed autistic spectrum conditions in themselves and their families. Result: 9 times as much incidence of autism in math group (1.85% vs .24%).
Still does not address:
Why Star Trek and fantasy novels?
What about non-math-oriented geeks?
Were the non-autistic math majors still showing autistic tendencies in terms of social skills?
Geeks and Autism Image: www.ocps.net Joyce M Lanterman
Only 25 (2%) of respondents said they don’t use any online social networking sites
Even they use email
Survey data not approved by GA State University IRB Images: Facebook, Twitter, LiveJournal, OKCupid, Blogspot, MySpace, Plurk Button: http://buttons.cafepress.com/item/antisocial-tshirts-and-gift-35-button/217194449 Joyce M Lanterman