[tlhIngan Hol] [Tlhingan-hol] Liquid Nitrogen

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Fri Aug 5 08:54:33 PDT 2016

On 8/5/2016 11:41 AM, Rhona Fenwick wrote:
> jIjatlhpu' jIH:
> > But in {rugh bIQSIp}, {bIQSIp} by virtue of its position is clearly
> > qualifying the type of {rugh} - that is, "hydrogen of antimatter":
> mujang SuStel, jatlh:
> > I think you've got that backward: in *rugh bIQSIp,* *rugh* is qualifying
> > the type of *bIQSIp.* It's hydrogen, of the antimatter kind.
> Qualifying in the linguistic sense, yes, you're absolutely right.
> That said, in a genitive of composition like this, N2 forms a subset 
> of N1: a slice of meat, a page of a novel, grains of quadrotriticale. 
> That's the only sense in which I meant that N2 was qualifying N1 (in 
> the Merriam-Webster, "to reduce from a general to a particular or 
> restricted form") - not grammatically, only pragmatically. I should 
> have used "select" or "specify" or something similar, to avoid the 
> technical connotations of "qualify".

That doesn't work in every N-N, though. in *baS 'In,* we're not talking 
about drums being a subset of all things metal; we're talking about 
metal drums being a subset of all drums. Yes, it's true for phrases like 
/meat slice/ and /novel pages,/ but not for others like /Klingon 
language/ or /home building/ *(juH qach)*.


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