A MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR
Wuh Skladan s'Sha'Khartausu
Welcome to the Vulcan Language Institute's website! This site is the ongoing process of work begun more than 30 years ago. This organization began as informal discussions amongst fans in the 1970's and took shape as a group in 1980. Over the years, many people have participated in one way or another. The original intention was to publish these materials in a format similar to Marc Okrand's 1985 edition of The Klingon Dictionary. We discovered Paramount Pictures and Pocket Books apparently consider the interest in the Klingon language a fluke and do not give much support to other Star Trek languages. This is too bad, since we have seen that there is clear fan support for Vulcan, Romulan, Cardassian, Bajoran, and even Ferengi languages. This site is the only way we have to expose fans to our great work.
We continue to add material to our site on a regular basis, although there have been periods where we have been less active. We have a considerable body of work accumulated, since we have carried out serious linguistic, etymological and scientific work over the years. The words in our language have a history and are related to each other, unlike the work of others who randomly create words to fill gaps. We also refuse to use "word generators" and each word has been translated with some thought behind it, especially the scientific and technical terminology. It has taken many years of work to build up many thousands of words in our vocabulary and we continue to flesh it out. We have attempted to build up the language from existing root words whenever possible. Our main languages, Traditional Golic Vulcan and Modern Golic Vulcan, have the feel of genuine, natural languages with a history. We were especially honored when at least one of our words was used in the last season of Star Trek: Enterprise.
We are excited with the response we have had since we went online in August 1998. We especially thank those of you who passed the word along to others! We hope to continue to be worthy of the praise we have received so far and get better. We are very pleased to have received many Internet site awards during our years online. We want to thank these other sites and people for honoring us with their awards. Your votes of confidence are encouraging! Donations are always welcomed to help us remain online and grow.
We also have a large subsidiary, the Vulcan Institute of Earth Culutre, which is especially here to expose Vulcans to the varied terminology of Earth's culture, history and literature. Many pages are onsite referring to Terran terminology of holidays, history, books, movies, television, etc.
Our online vocabulary and grammar materials continue to develop. We intend for our grammar materials to allow the average person to translate basic sentences to and from either of the main Golic Vulcan languages we focus on. We have put a number of language lessons online and will add more. Someday we will translate works of literature and perhaps the entire Bible into Golic Vulcan. The director has translated the first two chapters of Genesis from The Bible into Golic. Be patient with us, we have lots more coming! Dif-tor heh smusma.. (Live long and prosper!)
INTRODUCTIONS: WHO WE ARE
Ragtayalar -- Vi Nam-tor Etek
Mark R. Gardner, the founder of the Vulcan Language Institute, grew up in Oregon, exactly on the 45th Parallel. He has been a fan of Star Trek since it first aired. "Amok Time" was a fascinating episode and started him wondering about other facets of Vulcan life, including their language. Foreign languages had always held a great fascination for him. Though not exposed to a second language at home, he began to teach himself French at age 9, German at age 11 and Russian at age 16. He also studied Latin, Greek and Middle English. He graduated from McNary High School in 1979. While in high school he was an exchange student with A.F.S. in Iceland.
After high school, Mr. Gardner entered the U.S. Navy. He completed a year-long Russian language course at the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey, California, with honors, in March 1981. In 1980, while stationed in California, Mark informally formed The Institute of Vulcan Linguistics (IVL) with two Army women -- one an Arabic linguist, the other a Chinese linguist -- to pursue research into the Vulcan languages of Star Trek. During this time he attended his first Star Trek convention. At each duty station that followed, the personnel involved with IVL would change as old people lost contact and new people joined in. A lot of ideas about the Vulcans and their languages were discussed. At the very end of 1983, Mark returned to the United States from overseas. The last eight months of his enlistment were spent at Fort Meade, Maryland. During this time his first scientific transcription and analysis of the movie speech began. Having only distant relatives in Maryland and not finding a job in the D.C. area after his discharge, Mark made has way back home to Oregon.
Following his military service, Mark attended Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. His initial program was in education with an emphasis in deaf education. Mark took classes in American Sign Language at the college and Manually Coded English (Signed English) at the Oregon State School for the Deaf (now the Oregon School for the Deaf). He received a certificate for successfully achieving the Conversational Level of Manually Coded English. During his first year at Chemeketa Community College, Mark was initiated into Phi Theta Kappa, the National Honor Fraternity of the Community and Junior College. Deciding on a change, he dropped the education program he was in after two years and later transferred to Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University), where he received a B.A. degree cum laude in International Studies in 1991. While at Western Oregon, Mark was initiated into Phi Sigma Iota, the Foreign Language Honor Society, and was named 1990 Outstanding German Student. As a precursor of possible post-graduate language studies, he spent a year inventing a complete language with thousands of words of vocabulary that had no irregularities and simple grammar, based loosely on Old Norse and Old English vocabulary. It was called Garnik.
In addition to running the Vulcan Language Institute, Mark was the founder and director of the Strange & Unusual Phenomena Research Association (SUPRA), which was founded in 1989 and disbanded as a formal group in 2001. The SUPRA site was online from July 1996 into early 2001, had nearly 40,000 visits and won a Snap! Best of the Web award in 1997. SUPRA published 19 issues of a publication called Elsewhen before suspending publication. Research activities are ongoing and SUPRA may return someday. Mark conducted a research trip to Great Britain in 1991, including visits to the Tower of London, Stonehenge, Loch Ness and other sites. He is a specialist on supernatural and mythical beings. He self-published "A Dictionary of Fairies, Elves and Monsters" in 1990 and updated it substantially in 1992 with "A Dictionary of Supernatural Beings and Monsters". He spent four years and hundreds of hours of research on this project. Mark is also a television, naval and aviation historian with many hundreds of hours devoted to this research. He had an aviation web site, called The Goose's Nest, on the Internet from July 1996 to March 1998, which received an L.A. Times Pick award in 1997. The site focused on the famous HK-1, better known as the Spruce Goose, and had 17,900 visitors while online. Mark closed that site after the owners of the Spruce Goose finally got their own official site up. A massive television history and series site has been in the works for a number of years. He has long been active in the science fiction community, having written fan fiction and been very active in Doctor Who fandom during much of the 1980's, in addition to his Star Trek activities. He published a successful one-shot, 74-page fanzine called "The Winds of Time" in 1992 which sold out a first printing and a slightly modified second printing in 1993. This fanzine contained mostly Doctor Who material but also a long Space: 1999 story and a short Voyagers! story. Mark specialized in short stories involving Doctor Who crossovers with other science fiction and fantasy worlds. Also included were his Doctor Who-themed The Other Side® cartoons (which were first introduced before Gary Larsen's The Far Side® cartoons). He would like to produce a similar work with Star Trek themes someday. Mark is working on several novels in different genres. He is also an amateur paleontologist and archeologist, which a special interest in the Viking Age, Ancient Egyptians and Hittites.
Jill A. Cody is the second longest active member of our group, having been involved in various ways since she met at a sci-fi convention in the late 80's. She is an indispensible part of our organization, having been a transcriber, researcher, secretary, junior officer and assistant director. She is qualified to continue the organization if the need ever arises. She is multi-lingual and her advice has been very helpful for some time. She was born in California and moved to Oregon as a child. She is currently self-employed, making her entire living from Internet commerce and online auctions. In her spare time, she paints, takes dance lessons, spends a lot of time on her bicycle, and loves to chat with people all over the world. She also writes poetry and would like to publish a book someday.
Tom Cooper was a very active officer of our group from 1997 to 2011 but had to withdraw from regular participation after moving several states away. He knows nearly everything about Star Trek and had the most complete library of Star Trek materials we've ever encountered. His assistance was invaluable as we moved towards putting this site online in 1998 and debugging pages in the early days. We would not have been here without him.
Amanda Kelly is the newest officer of our group, active since 2012. Mark has known her since she was a small child and is her godfather. Amanda has lived all over the world, since her father was in the military much of her childhood. She is multi-lingual, speaking German, French, and some Spanish and Turkish. She has given us some good ideas for the future. She admits she is a sci-fi geek and also has an interest in the Cosplay world. She has always cheerfully responded when called on. She recently joined the U.S. Air Force, so her participation will be limited for awhile.
In the future, we may add additional material here about some of the people who have contributed to our group over the years.
>Dif-tor heh smusma..< "Live long and prosper!"
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