[tlhIngan Hol] Am I right here?

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Aug 29 07:39:39 PDT 2016

{jIHtaHbogh naDev vISovbe'} has long confused people.  I’ve seen it translated inter alia as:

  “I don't know the area around here that I'm at." [qoror]
  "I'm unfamiliar with my surroundings."

My own explanation is that Okrand was trying to render something like “I don’t know where I am”.  Perhaps because of the confusion he came up with another variant in Power Klingon:

  DaqwIj vISovbe'
  DaqwIj Sovbe'   (Clipped)
  I am lost.  PK

literally, "I don’t know my location."  Note the similar line from ST6:

  Daq Sovbejbe'taH qIrq
  Kirk cannot know the location... ST6


From: tlhIngan-Hol [mailto:tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org] On Behalf Of Ed Bailey
Sent: Monday, August 29, 2016 12:40 AM

{jIHtaHbogh naDev vISovbe'} is a very interesting canon sentence! Normally I'd say {naDev jIHtaH} for "I am here." (though it sounds like the sort of self-evident statement that deserves the response {quSDaq bIba'})
So what explains the word order?

On Sun, Aug 28, 2016 at 1:59 PM, Felix Malmenbeck <felixm at kth.se<mailto:felixm at kth.se>> wrote:

TKD includes the phrase {jIHtaHbogh naDev vISovbe’.} for "I'm lost."

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