[tlhIngan Hol] When we return from the battlefield, who will we be then ?

mayqel qunenoS mihkoun at gmail.com
Wed Jun 29 01:20:10 PDT 2016

> it's a sort of metalinguistic device putting your proposition into context

you lost me here completely ! this sounds pretty cool, but I have no
idea what it means..

On Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 10:53 AM, André Müller <esperantist at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2016-06-29 9:22 GMT+02:00 mayqel qunenoS <mihkoun at gmail.com>:
>> ghunchu'wI':
> [snip]
>> I was trying to avoid using the SAO, because I feel it is the only
>> thing in klingon which is not direct.
>> Unlike in english, where we say : "we believe that..", in klingon one
>> must first make a statement, then take a coffee break, then say the
>> {'e'} - without the reader/listener - knowing that it will actually
>> come, and only then continue with the rest of the SAO.
> On the contrary. I believe that this way of phrasing it is especially
> direct. Saying that you "believe" (or think, hope etc.) something first
> isn't direct either, it's a sort of metalinguistic device putting your
> proposition into context. I think it's very direct to first say the
> statement and then add how sure you are about it. And it goes well together
> with the general OVS word order.
> Also, a lot of natural languages do it just like that: saying the
> statement/quotation and then adding "I say/think/hope" etc.
> I think making 2 sentences out of 1 very short one might strike Klingons as
> wasting time or something...
> But I usually don't think of Klingon philosophy when writing or saying
> something in the language. I don't believe that a language's structure
> reflects the philosophy of its speakers (like the old myths about German
> being very precise, Chinese being very philosophical, French being full of
> emotions, Russian or Arabic being harsh, etc.).
> - André
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