Vulcan Language Institute™

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What's Happening

  1. July 2015: Added a simpler front page option above for use in IE and other browsers where our format did not work.
  2. September 2015: The TGV/MGV-Turkish dictionary is finished and online!
  3. September 2015: The long-delayed Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae & Oplontis page has been put online.
  4. September 2015: The long-delayed Terran bears, raccoons and weasels pages have been put online. More will be done with them later.
  5. September 2015: The TGV/MGV-Polish dictionary is finished and online! This will be the last language for awhile.
  6. October 2015: The Trojan War and The Odyssey pages for the Institute of Earth Culture are online.
  7. Upcoming: A page on Ancient Greek and Roman Gods/Goddesses for the Institute of Earth Culture.

Welcome to Our Site!


This is the 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. At least one of our words made it onto Star Trek: Enterprise during its final season and some of our work appeared in the German-language fan film Star Trek: Dark Horizon. Several sources state that our work is the most developed of any science fiction or fantasy language.

In addition to language lessons and many, many dictionaries with specialized terminology, we have information on noted Vulcans, Vulcan history, etc. 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 is 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-Dutch, TGV/MGV-German, TGV/MGV-French, TGV/MGV-Icelandic, TGV/MGV-Italian, TGV/MGV-Japanese, TGV/MGV-Klingon, TGV/MGV-Polish, TGV/MGV-Spanish and TGV/MGV-Turkish dictionaries are online to aid speakers of those languages. We will eventually do a small one for Latin, because of its historical importance. We have no plans for any other languages for the forseeable future.

Since our remaining online has been sorted out for now, we will go back to our original plan of taking a needed vacation. We will return to full operation sometime in November. (Updates 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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All original work on these pages ©1980-2015 by Mark R. Gardner et al operating as the Vulcan Language Institute™.
Star Trek and its related characters, images and sounds are © by Paramount Pictures/CBS Paramount Television.
The material on these pages is for entertainment purposes only.

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,
Jerry Goldsmith, Persis Khambatta, Bibi Besch, Merritt Butrick, Paul Winfield, Dame Judith Anderson,
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!

We recommend you view and support the Star Trek web-series Star Trek Continues.
It is a first-class production with guest actors from the original series (and James Doohan's son plays Scotty).

We recommend you view the wonderful German-language fan film Star Trek: Dark Horizon.
It does not have any English subtitles yet but we have heard this is coming soon.
View it on Youtube here.

We recommend you support the fan-produced Star Trek: Captain Pike.