Vulcan Language Institute™

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  1. July 2015: Added a simpler front page option above for use in IE and other browsers where our format did not work.
  2. July 2015: Began to remove pages to make room, due to our traffic limits. Click here for more info on this process.
  3. July 2015: Added two pages on the extinct Vulcan language Nataki.
  4. August 2015: Our long-delayed Terran Cats page is finished and online.
  5. August 2015: Began updating the Nautical Terminology page with a huge number of terms found in old books. It includes information from the removed/cancelled RMS Titanic, RMS Lusitania and Wartime Ship Losses pages. The Lighthouse Terminology page has also been merged with it.
  6. August 2015: Completely redid the Terran Mythology and Folklore Terminology page - retranslated most terms, made a number of corrections, additions and deletions. This page had not been updated in 8 years.
  7. August 2015: The TGV/MGV-Japanese dictionary is finally done after many months and is online! You will need to make sure your system or browser is set up to view Japanese characters.
  8. Status Update: Three of the five Turkish dictionary pages are done. The Norwegian dictionary is now on indefinite hold because our linguist accepted a job in another state and will not be available.

Welcome to Our Site!


This is the Internet home of the Vulcan languages Traditional Golic Vulcan (spoken by Surak and used for centuries in Literature, Religion and Ceremonies), Modern Golic Vulcan (its contemporary counterpart), Lowlands Golic Vulcan (a sister language to Modern), Insular Golic Vulcan (an extinct sister language to Traditional), FthinraKathi (a distantly-related, extinct language) and Nataki (an extinct, mysterious Vulcan language). We mainly focus on the first two. A couple of our words made it onto Star Trek: Enterprise during its final season.

In addition to language lessons and many, many dictionaries with specialized terminology, we have information on noted Vulcans, Vulcan history, Vulcan physiology, etc. More is coming all the time. We are also the home of the Institute of Earth Culture and have many pages devoted to terminology related to Terran culture for the benefit of Vulcans.

This site does not refer to any material in the "reboot" Star Trek films, which we consider not part of our Star Trek universe. Only information from STOS, STAS, STNG, STDS9, STV and STE, and movies and books based on these, can be found here.

Our TGV/MGV-German, TGV/MGV-French, TGV/MGV-Icelandic, TGV/MGV-Dutch, TGV/MGV-Italian, TGV/MGV-Japanese, TGV/MGV-Klingon and TGV/MGV-Spanish dictionaries are online to aid speakers of those languages. We are working on pages for Turkish. We are considering Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese and Romanian for later. Limits with software prevented us from creating web pages with Cyrillic, Greek or Asian characters until recently. We may do dictionaries in Greek and Russian, but that is far, far in the future.

The home page was completely redesigned in December 2014 to make it easier to read and quicker to load. The original format had not been changed in ten years.

After more than a year of weekly updates and new pages, we will be taking a needed break for a couple of months, starting August 30, 2015. Corrections or additions to existing pages may be done during this time.

There are tons of things to check out on this site. Enjoy your visit!

Dif-tor heh smusma...

Founder & Director,
Vulcan Language Institute

About Us


The Vulcan Language Institute® originally began in 1980 to explore the languages of Vulcans on their homeworld and colonies. Originally named The Institute of Vulcan Linguistics®, our work is different from that of the Zvelebils, whose Vulcan material is also seen online. Their Vulcan language is known as "Modern Standard Vulcan" and is covered elsewhere on the Internet.

Our site opened on August 1, 1998.

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This site is dedicated to the memory of Gene Roddenberry, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelly, James Doohan,
Majel Barrett Roddenberry, Mark Lenard, Jeffrey Hunter, Meg Wyllie, Alexander Courage, Ricardo Montalbán,
Celia Lovsky, Arlene Martel, Jane Wyatt, Angelique Pettyjohn, John Colicos, Stanley Adams, Michael Ansara,
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Kellie Waymire, James Horner and the many others who've gone on to where no-one has gone before.
Thank you for bringing Star Trek to life!

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It is a first-class production with guest actors from the original series (and James Doohan's son plays Scotty).

We strongly support the work of NCMEC in finding missing children in the U.S.