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14 February 2010 @ 12:29
Vulcan language question  
Where did the Vulcan word "ashayam" originate? I've searched all the transcripts at chakoteya.net, and there's no reference in Memory Alpha, so I know it's from fanfic. But I can't find any reference to where it started, and the earliest references I've found online are in Trip/T'Pol ENT fanfic. Is it from one of the novels? Or did it come from a specific fan author?

ETA: I did find a Spock/McCoy story called Yon t'Ashaya from 2004, there's no translation note on that story as to the title. And it appears that it may have originated with a 1977 Fan-made Vulcan Language Guide which translates "love" as "aisha". However like the VLD, that document does not differentiate between canon and fanon sources.

Basically what I'm looking for is some determination whether the words come from canon (spoken in an episode or film) or extended canon (from a licenced tie-in) or fanon (fan-canon, i.e. from a fannish source, and if so, who first used the words and where).

Also, does anyone have a good source for canon Vulcan language? I.e. only the words that have been used in on-screen canon?
 
 
 
penknife: enterprisepenknife on 14th February 2010 19:11 (UTC)
The word appears in the lexicon written by Mark Gardner's Vulcan Language Institute group -- they were trying to develop Vulcan as a constructed language, like the Klingon language fans. As far as I know, they didn't use fanfic as sources, so it's probably either from one of the novels, or created by them.
ljc: star trek (amanda/sarek)taraljc on 14th February 2010 19:14 (UTC)
Link me?
penknife: enterprisepenknife on 14th February 2010 19:32 (UTC)
PDF of a print version of their lexicon from 2004, and a Wiki that's trying to reupload the information from the old Vulcan Language Institute site (it disappeared from the Internet in 2008, and apparently no one's been able to contact Mark Gardner).

ETA: "Ashau" for "love" is what's in the lexicon, not "ashayam," but it sounds like that's a matter of adding the appropriate ending.

Edited at 2010-02-14 19:33 (UTC)