[tlhIngan Hol] Referring to the entire preceding passage

Lieven levinius at gmx.de
Fri Aug 18 05:56:08 PDT 2017

Am 18.08.2017 um 14:43 schrieb mayqel qunenoS:
> As soon as he finishes his speech/passage, another person wants to ask 
> him "how do you know it (this fact) ?
> Would it be correct for him to say {chay' DaSov ?} And by the use of the 
> prefix {Da-} the {Sov} having as an elided object the entire preceding 
> speech/passage ?

Good question. I have three answers to this, with grades of correctness.

a) I would accept {chay' DaSov} with no objection, but I have no 
evidence this is correct.

b) Taken the book, there is a way to refer to a previous sentence, maybe 
{chay' 'e' DaSov}, but this maybe wrong.

c) To be on a very clean grammatical track, I would suggest to say what 
you even used in your question:
   {chay' ngoDvetlh DaSov?}
   "How do you know that fact?"

Lieven L. Litaer
aka Quvar valer 'utlh
Grammarian of the KLI

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