[tlhIngan Hol] mutpu' or mutmey ?

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Thu Dec 29 07:33:35 PST 2016

On 12/29/2016 10:13 AM, De'vID wrote:
> On 29 December 2016 at 16:05, Lawrence M. Schoen <klingonguy at gmail.com 
> <mailto:klingonguy at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Readers of Schoen's fiction ask if elephants can really talk.
>     Translate any of the above or similar statements into Klingon and
>     the group is clearly understood to be made up of language users
>     and no one would blink twice at the figurative use of extending
>     that attribute to the group.
> In the case of something like "readers", they're clearly {laDwI'pu'} 
> and it's not just metaphorical. They're literally beings capable of 
> language.

Klingon has a few interesting cases where English uses a group-word 
while Klingon just uses a plural word. The one that occurs to me 
immediately is *mebpa'mey* /hotel./ Grammatically in Klingon, this is 
just the plural of the word *mebpa',* and is not a separate group-word. 
You could not, for instance, call a major hotel a **mebpa'mey'a'.* You 
could, however, say *mebpa'mey qach'a'* /great building of guest-rooms./ 
With the extra information you could even leave off the now-unneeded 
plural suffix, for *mebpa' qach'a'.*


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