[tlhIngan Hol] Disturbing irregularities

De'vID de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com
Thu Jun 23 02:24:42 PDT 2016

On 22 June 2016 at 15:43, SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name> wrote:
> SoH 'Iv and 'Iv SoH appear in both forms because (a) Okrand probably forgot
> he did it one way, and (b) 'Iv is a kind of pronoun too, so either word can
> satisfy the pronoun part of a to-be sentence.

Whether {SoH 'Iv} came about because Okrand forgot that you could
write {'Iv SoH} or he did it deliberately, I think it makes more
sense. TKD 6.4 explains that {'Iv} takes the place of the answer in a
sentence. If we strictly follow TKD "by the book" (and of course I
should mention it's only a grammatical sketch), the answer to {'Iv
SoH} should take the form {X SoH} (and not {X jIH}). {SoH 'Iv} avoids
this problem. But both appear in canon, so apparently both are


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