A MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR
Wuh Skladan s'Sha'Khartausu
Welcome to the Vulcan Language Institute site! This site is the ongoing process of work I began 25 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, nearly 45 people have participated in one way or another. My original intention was to publish our 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 Klingon language interest a fluke and will 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 presently the only way we have to expose interested fans to our work. Our organization continues to evolve now that we are no longer a "private" group.
As of 2005, we continue to add material to our site on an almost daily basis, back to the level of our rapid growing pace of the first two years. 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 created 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, Modern Golic Vulcan and Lowlands Golic Vulcan, have the feel of genuine, natural languages with a history. A dynamic language is much more exciting anyway!
We are excited with the response we have had since we opened our doors to the world on 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.
Our online vocabulary and grammar materials are developing. We want to especially work on the grammar materials, so that with the selection of words we have made available so far, the average person should be able to translate some 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. Other projects are in the works. Someday we will translate works of literature and the entire Bible into Golic Vulcan. I have personally translated the first two chapters of Genesis from The Bible into Golic. These are online for study. 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®, was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in Keizer, about an hour's drive south, exactly on the 45th Parallel. He has been a fan of Star Trek since it was first on. "Amok Time" was a fascinating episode and started him wondering about other facets of Vulcan life, including their language. To Mark, foreign languages have always held a great fascination. 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 (the school that won the National Spirit Award the following year). While in high school he was an exchange student with A.F.S. in Reykjavík, 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 the Naval Security Group, he was mainly a transcriber and analyst. For two years in a row he ranked in the top 10% of linguists fleet-wide. While in the service, Mr. Gardner was stationed in Turkey and Scotland, as well as in California, Texas and Maryland. 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 transfer, 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. From 1981-83, while stationed overseas in Turkey and Scotland, Mark was too busy to devote much attention to the Vulcan language and IVL slowly faded away into occasional notes and contacts. At the very end of 1983, Mark returned to the United States. The last eight months of his enlistment were spent at Fort Meade, Maryland, the site of the National Security Agency (NSA). 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 immediately after discharge, Mark made has way back home to Oregon.
Following his five years of active duty, 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 of track, he dropped the education program he was in after two years and subsequently 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 the SUPRA may return someday to the Web. Mark conducted an exciting 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 the spiral-bound "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 has written articles he hopes to have published someday. He had an aviation web site, called The Goose's Nest, on the Web 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 and running. 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, spiral-bound 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 the best of 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 joined the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) in the Summer of 2003, after a long interest in it, but did not stay active due to lack of time.
Jill A. Cody is the second longest continuous member of our group, having been involved since being met at a convention in the late 80's. She has been involved with VLI since before this site went online. 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 considered joining the United States Air Force at one point, but decided to go a different direction with her life. 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 on ICQ and Yahoo! Messenger. She also writes poetry and would like to publish a book someday. And to answer the question asked by many people: No, Mark and Jill are not married nor involved romantically, although they have a very close professional relationship.
Amanda Kelly is the newest officer of our group, active since 2012. Mark has known her since she was a small child and knows all of her extended family. Amanda has lived all over the world, since her father was in the military most 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 lives nearby and has always cheerfully responded when called on. She is currently working in the retail industry.
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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