Klingon and literature

Hans Åberg haberg-1 at telia.com
Fri Sep 24 03:28:05 CDT 2021

> On 23 Sep 2021, at 22:48, Mark E. Shoulson via Unicode <unicode at corp.unicode.org> wrote:
> On 9/23/21 3:16 PM, William_J_G Overington via Unicode wrote:
>> Given that the Klingon language is perhaps oriented to Star Trek stories, I wondered whether the Klingon language would be able to express things such as colours.
> Klingons are anthropomorphic and the Star Trek universe seems to be populated with species who apparently perceive the world much the same way humans do, so why wouldn't they have color?
> Klingon color words are an interesting linguistic in-joke which Marc Okrand played, in that they do not obey the generally-accepted "universals" for human languages in terms of color division and development.
> However, this topic is no longer on-topic for the Unicode list, so I won't go further.  This discussion should not be held here.

Unicode has several code points that suggest color, though not a requirement in rendering [1]. So you might add such to your proposal, maybe some Klingon emoji😐. Color vision varies a great deal among species here on Earth, for example, mammals such as cats and dogs are dichromatic, and birds are tetrachromatic, with an added ultraviolet sensitivity. The colors are then shifted, in birds the RGB are equidistant, whereas in normal human color vision the green is shifted towards the green. Then one type of color deficiency, deuteranomaly, commonly referred to red-green color blindness, the most common type of color deficiency, the green is further shifted towards the red so it becomes hard to distinguish between some reddish and greenish colors, but one side effect is being able to distinguish between intensities that normal vision humans cannot. So there is a reverse Ishihara test that those with deuteranomaly can see correctly, but those with normal color vision cannot. In addition, there is a cultural and linguistic factor, for example, in Old Norse, blue is (thought of) to be used in place of black in names like Harald Bluetooth.

1. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/9626115/color-in-the-unicode-standard

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