[tlhIngan Hol] Special forms of law' puS

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Fri Aug 4 06:31:53 PDT 2017

On 8/4/2017 9:15 AM, mayqel qunenoS wrote:
> There are certain special forms of law' puS constructions, which are 
> discussed at HolQeD 13.1, p.8-10, Mar. 2004.
> Because there are more chances for me to visit Qo'noS, than ever 
> acquiring any HolQeD issues, I would like to ask:
> 1. At this HQ issue it says:
> "To say that something is as X as something else [...], or {law'} is 
> used with {rap} or {nIb} (the latter of which implies the two things 
> being compared are exactly the same in some way).
> And the following examples are given:
> {tlhIngan woch law' tera'ngan woch rap}
> The klingon is as tall as the terran
> {tlhIngan woch law' tera'ngan woch nIb}
> The klingon is (exactly) as tall as the terran
> The question I want to ask is: Is it possible at the examples above, 
> to have {puS} instead of {law'}, and if yes, then how does that alter 
> the meaning ?
> 2. At the same HQ issue it says:
> "It is also possible to use {puS} with {rap} or {nIb}, but that 
> carries a connotation of disparagement".
> What does this mean ? Can someone who knows for certain write an example ?

Your point 2 answers your point 1. *tlhIngan woch puS tera'ngan woch 
rap* means /the Klingon is as tall as the Terran, and that's a bad thing./

> 3. At the same HQ issues it also says:
> "To say that something is not as X as something else, {pIm} is used in 
> place of the second verb in the pair". And the following example is given:
> {QuchlIj vIl law' QuchwIj vIl pIm}
> Your forehead is not as ridgy as my forehead
> I want to ask, if in this sentence in the place of {law'} we could 
> have {puS}. And if the answer is yes, then how does that alter the 
> meaning ?

Same answer.


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