[tlhIngan Hol] [Tlhingan-hol] Liquid Nitrogen

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Aug 5 12:34:03 PDT 2016

*{bIp'a'}?    Have I missed a post?

{bIp}  hundred thousand (number morpheme)

From: tlhIngan-Hol [mailto:tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org]
On Behalf Of David Joslyn
Sent: Friday, August 05, 2016 2:29 PM

I realize it doesn't make use of the cool new vocab, but what's wrong with using {voQSIp bIp'a'}?


From: tlhIngan-Hol <tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org<mailto:tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org>> on behalf of Rhona Fenwick <qeslagh at hotmail.com<mailto:qeslagh at hotmail.com>>
Sent: Friday, August 5, 2016 9:52 AM

wa' DoS wIqIp SuStel jIH je. The genitive is not restricted to possession or ownership.

My first instinct with "liquid nitrogen" is to render it as {voQSIp betgham} "nitrogen liquid", following the general TKD rendition as "N2 of the N1" (p.31): that is, "liquid of [the] nitrogen". Similarly things like {no'negh SIp} "sulphur gas", {ngIDvoS betgham} "molten lead" (though naturally {ngIDvoS tetlu'pu'bogh} is more literal). Perhaps I'm being influenced by English, where "water ice" is used to speak of frozen water as opposed to frozen methane, carbon dioxide, or so forth, particularly in reports of planetary exploration and such. But {bIQ chuch} feels natural to me for this meaning in Klingon too, and certainly {chuch bIQ} feels entirely wrong.

QeS 'utlh
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