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Is this taking the whole Star Trek thing a teensie weensie bit too far? d'Armond Speers spoke only Klingon to his child for the first three years of its life.
Klingon? Not Spanish, French, Mandarin? Not some gutteral genuflecting concoction from the deepest recesses of Borneo? Klingon? You heard it right. (And if you don't know about the Klingon Empire, look it up.)
"I was interested in the question of whether my son, going through his first language acquisition process, would acquire it like any human language," Speers told the Minnesota Daily. "He was definitely starting to learn it."
And get this, Speers says he isn't really a huge Star Trek fan.
We'll take his word for it.
Does the fact that Speers has a doctorate in computational linguistics explain anything -- or excuse anything -- here? Maybe. His child-rearing habits were part of a larger story on the company he advises, Ultralingua, which develops language and translation software. Including Klingon.
No he doesn't. If he's a professional linguist, I would hope he understands the development of language in children. He could have raised it using both languages as children learn languages amazingly well (such as bi-lingual families). If you speak fluently in more than one language, it's actually advised you try to teach them both since they'll pick it up so easily while they're young. If this guy really knew his stuff, he'd understand that if a human can learn a language, then children can most likely learn it easier than adults can and that's the only key difference.
I'd actually be less annoyed if he was just some stupid fan who wanted his kid to learn klingon... but like I said above, he could have at least taught it along side a useful language.
He has a doctorate in computational linguistics, yet he didn't already know the answer to the question "of whether my son, going through his first language acquisition process, would acquire it like any human language"?????
Wait till NMO gets a hold of the title to this thread!
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