[tlhIngan Hol] The {-chuqmoH}

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Tue Aug 29 06:53:23 PDT 2017

On 8/29/2017 9:33 AM, Steven Boozer wrote:
> Qo'noS tuqmey muvchuqmoH qeylIS
> Kahless united the tribes of Kronos (PB)
This contradicts what I said about *-chuq* and objects, and I'm going to 
head you off and explain it.

There are two ways to interpret *muvchuqmoH:* *[muvchuq]moH */he/ 
(singular subject)/causes them /(plural object) /to join each other/ and 
*[muv]chuq[moH] */they/ (plural, reflexive subject)/cause each other to 
join./ When I responded earlier, I was thinking of the latter 
interpretation, but both are possible. In the former, the *-moH* applies 
to a singular subject causing the plural object to do something to each 
other; in the latter, the *-moH* applies to a plural subject causing 
each other to do something.

Things become a little murky when you're dealing with verbs that don't 
take objects, because the "doer" of the verb doesn't do something to 
something else. *romuluSngan pImchuqmoH* would mean /he causes the 
Romulans to be different each other,/ but /be different each other/ is 
as meaningless as *romuluSngan vIpIm*/I am different the Romulan./

So what I said is true... when you're dealing with verbs that don't take 
objects. If the verb does allow an object, then the "doers" of the verb, 
whether the subject or object, can do the verb to each other.


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