[tlhIngan Hol] Ha'DIbaHHom

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Tue Aug 9 10:02:40 PDT 2016

On 8/9/2016 12:54 PM, Michael Roney, Jr. wrote:
> As usual, context is key.
> I would not think "young" unless context made it clear that we were 
> discussing the ages of animals.
> Perhaps hunting season is upon us, and the prey have to be a certain 
> age in order for us to kill them.
> {loDHom} does mean "boy" afterall. Is a boy a small man, a young man, 
> a lesser man?
> What about a midget? Is a midget not a {loDHom}?
> I could also see two people camping, one of them is new to camping.
> They hear a rustling in the brush, and the camper who knows the area 
> informs the newcomer that it's a {Ha'DIbaHHom}, and not to worry about it.

ghIlab ghewmey tIbuSQo'!

Also important is that *-Hom* is not necessarily always an ad hoc 
suffix. A *loDHom* is exactly one thing: a boy. Not a small man, not a 
man of lesser status. It has been lexicalized. A *Qa'Hom* is not a small 
*Qa',* but a completely different animal.


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