[tlhIngan Hol] {DeSqIv} and {noq}

qurgh lungqIj qurgh at wizage.net
Tue Apr 4 08:51:06 PDT 2017

It's still there, we're just moving stuff around for the next qep'a':



On Apr 4, 2017 3:45 AM, "De'vID" <de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com> wrote:

> I just noticed something odd.
> Recently, we were given the noun {noq}, meaning both nipple (anatomy)
> and nipple (like on a bottle). The plural is {noqDu'} when referring
> to a body part, and {noqmey} when referring to bottles.
> In KGT, we were told this about {DeSqIv}:
> <A {bargh} is probably the most frequently used pot. It is rather
> large and has a flattened bottom. The smaller {nevDagh} is
> characterized by its V-shaped handles, termed {DeSqIvDu'} ("elbows";
> note that {-Du'}, the plural suffix for body parts, is used here even
> though the handles are not literally body parts).>
> Previously, some people have taken this to imply that body parts were
> a noun class in Klingon, and that body part words take the {-Du'}
> suffix even when not referring to a body part. But {noq} seems to
> contradict this.
> What's going on here? Is one or the other of {noq} or {DeSqIv} an
> exception to the rule, and if so, what's the rule? Or does each body
> part word work differently when used to refer to a non-body-part in
> the plural, and it's just something you have to memorise?
> Incidentally, the online version of the qep'a' booklet where {noq} was
> given seems to have disappeared:
> http://www.kli.org/activities/qepmey/qepa-chamah-wejdich/new-words/
> Does anyone have a copy of it?
> --
> De'vID
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