Vulcan Language Institute™

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Recent Updates

  1. March 2015: We began adding non-Latin characters where needed in our pages. We found a useful tool to allow us to do this much easier.
  2. March 2015: Due to the interest of fans, the TGV/MGV-Klingon dictionary has been added. It has had several updates so far.
  3. March 2015: As part of our Institute of Earth Culture, pages on Terran maritime disasters and RMS Titanic have been added.
  4. April 2015: As part of our Institute of Earth Culture, pages on Terran aviation disasters and UFO's/USO's have been added.
  5. May 2015: We are currently formatting our FSE-TGV/MGV dictionaries into a PDF document for user reference. We are also experimenting with converting this material into e-reader formats. These would be downloadable for users. We will keep you updated.
  6. May 2015: As part of our Institute of Earth Culture, the Jurassic Park Terminology page has been updated with some info from the upcoming Jurassic World film.
  7. May 2015: As part of our Institute of Earth Culture and interest from fans, we are working on a Bible Terminology page. It is about half done and should be online sometime the first week of June.

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), and FthinraKathi (a distantly-related, extinct language). We mainly focus on the first two.

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 facets of Terran culture for the benefit of Vulcans.

This site does not and will not refer to the material in the "reboot" Star Trek films on our pages.

We have put our TGV/MGV-German, TGV/MGV-French, TGV/MGV-Icelandic, TGV/MGV-Dutch, TGV/MGV-Italian, TGV/MGV-Spanish and TGV/MGV-Klingon dictionaries online to aid speakers of those languages. Some of these took years to do. We are working on similar ones for Norwegian and Turkish. We are considering Danish, Swedish, Polish, Romanian and Portuguese for the more distant future. 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 in the future. There are no plans to do any of the Asian languages at present. If we get someone local that is fluent in Japanese, Chinese, Tagalog or Vietnamese, we may consider working on those.

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.

It has come to our attention that a book called The Vulcan Language is for sale on Lulu. This was not authorized by us and we have asked that it be removed from their site. It contains many obsolete materials.

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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