[tlhIngan Hol] question words in noun-noun constructions

mayqel qunenoS mihkoun at gmail.com
Mon Aug 21 07:03:54 PDT 2017

> jarlIj qaq nuq?
> The answer to the question yIH nuq? ("What is a tribble?") would presumably be a
> definition or description of a tribble.  This being the case, then, the answer to the question
> jarlIj qaq nuq?  ("What is your preferable month?") would presumably be a definition of "your
> favorite month".

According the above, the answer to the {qaq nuq wornagh Sar ?},
wouldn't be "the name of the preferable variety", but "the definition
of the preferable variety".

However, would we have the same problem, if instead of the verb {qaq}
we had another verb ?

If we wrote {DuropmoH nuq wornagh Sar ?} for "which ale variety made
you sick ?", would we have the same problem ? I mean, would this
actually ask for "the definition of the variety which made you sick" ?


On Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 4:03 PM, SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name> wrote:
> On 8/21/2017 8:33 AM, mayqel qunenoS wrote:
>> I was wondering, whether we can use question words ('Iv and nuq) in
>> noun-noun contructions.
>> For example {qaq nuq wornagh Sar ?} for "which ale variety is preferable
>> ?".
>> Would this be correct/acceptable ?
> Short answer: no. This message by Okrand answers your question fully:
> http://klingonska.org/canon/1996-12-12b-news.txt
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