lexax:romulan

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Development History

The Star Trek franchise never created an official conlang for the Romulan species as was done for the Klingons, therefore any attempts to create a Romulan language are by necessity speculative and open to fan interpretation. A history of Romulan languages would be impossible to compile due to source sites disappearing from the Internet. Therefore, we arbitrarily define 
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Rihannsu
Romulan



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Rihannsu
Romulan
as the "most official" language and proceed from there.

Rihannsu is a fictional language invented by author Diane Duane which is spoken by the Rihannsu (Romulans) in Duane's Star Trek novels. After the initial development in Star Trek: The Romulan Way Rihannsu was expanded upon by several independent groups that to some degree cooperated to combine assets. Resources such as vocabulary lists, grammar explanations, and orthographic charts were created. We will view the fan site Rihannsu.org, based on the work of the    
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Catoena ih'Swaet Doaege Rihanai
Central Institute of the Romulan Language


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   
Catoena ih'Swaet Doaege Rihanai
Central Institute of the Romulan Language
archived here, as the most authoritative option and will not attempt to duplicate their resources here. The Rihannsu section of the Tarazedi fonts is based on their work, rather than on the arguably canonical Kzhad font which is also included.

In addition to Duane's novels, Rihannsu is utilized in a number of Star Trek published works and Star Trek Online.

Fictional History

As the inhabitants of the planet Vulcan turn to the philosophy of Surak en masse, the followers of S'task decide that they can no longer remain on Vulcan. As part of their exodus, they intentionally invent a new culture and a new language, based on Old High Vulcan and "aged" in a different direction. This language, described as sounding somewhat like Latin and Welsh, came to be known as Rihannsu.