This is an interesting story to me. There’s liking Star Trek, and then there’s liking Star Trek a little too much. Like, way too much. Like, to the point where it’s detrimental to your child’s development and opinion of you. Case in point, a man in Minnesota only spoke to his son in Klingon for the first three years of his life.
Star Trek only recently became actually cool, with the new release of the prequel. Before it was always borderline entertaining at best, and I say that as a Trekkie. So the motivation for d’Armond Speers teaching his son Klingon is unclear. Unless you want him to yell QAPLA! and challenge every other toddler to deathmatches in their tiny cribs. Imagine tiny babies hitting each other with BAT’LETHS, AS FIRST FORGED BY KAHLESS THE UNFORGETTABLE WHEN HE DROPPED HIS HAIR INTO A VOLCA … okay, I’ll stop.
d’Armond Speers isn’t a bad dad. Some dads only speak to their child in a mix of condescension and profanity. Says Speers:
“I was interested in the question of whether my son, going through his first language acquisition process, would acquire it like any human language. He was definitely starting to learn it.”
Yes. Your baby is smart enough to learn a language, but not enough to say, “DAD, YOU’RE AN IDIOT,” in his own.