[tlhIngan Hol] [English] Using "pong" as a verb to say "my name is..." ?
sustel at trimboli.name
Sun Oct 2 06:57:19 PDT 2016
On 10/1/2016 11:26 PM, Alan Anderson wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 1, 2016 at 8:47 AM, Aurélie Demonchaux
> <demonchaux.aurelie at gmail.com> wrote:
>> But since in this example the person being called is “me”, and "Quvar" is
>> only what I'm called, then instead of using < jIHvaD Quvar ponglu’ > can we
>> also say:
>> < Quvar vIponglu’ > - “I am called Quvar”?
>> Kind of like the “prefix trick” I read about elsewhere on the Klingonwiki?
> That works fine, though some people consider it extremely informal
> usage. It is *precisely* the prefix trick, with the verb prefix
> indicating what we'd call in English an indirect object instead of the
> direct object.
Except the prefix trick only works for first- and second-person indirect
objects, so **Quvar vIponglu'* is simply ungrammatical.
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