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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?
boosette on 18th February 2010 13:14 (UTC)
It occurred to me this morning that: I have all the TOS novels through 2006 saved to a folder on my harddrive (TYVM ontd_startrek), so that a partial search of all the novels was not impossible.

"ashai", "ashay", and "ashayam" all turned up nothing, so if it is from a tie-in, then it's not from a TOS one. Will need to download all the others to do more research.