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Marc Okrand

Marc Okrand

Marc Okrand has first studied Native American languages: his 1977 doctoral dissertation from the University of California, Berkeley, was about the grammar of Mutsun, a Costanoan extinct language. He has also taught undergraduate linguistics courses at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1975 to 1978, then followed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Anthropology Department of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., in 1978. After that, he spent his career at the National Captioning Institute until his retirement in 2013, working on closed captioning systems for television and the movie industry. But he is most reknowned as the creator of the Klingon language, as well as of the Atlantean language, and to a small extent of Vulcan.

Photography: Lieven L. Litaer
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