[tlhIngan Hol] be-verbs used as adjectives and the {-chu'}

DloraH seruq at bellsouth.net
Tue Aug 8 15:39:02 PDT 2017

On Tue, 2017-08-08 at 12:14 -0400, SuStel wrote:
> On 8/8/2017 11:59 AM, Steven Boozer wrote:
> >
> > In Power Klingon {-chu’} is described as a qualifying suffix which 
> > "indicates action is performed absolutely properly."  In other words, 
> > it’s used on action verbs.  Adjectival verbs (which Okrand calls 
> > “qualities”) are states of being, not actions, e.g. {Doq} “be red”.  
> > To turn a quality into an action you need to add a suffix, i.e. {-moH} 
> > “cause” or {-choH} “become”.
> >
> > {'eychu'bogh chab} doesn’t work because {'ey} “be 
> > good/delicious/tasty” is also an adjectival verb – even with {-bogh} – 
> > and doesn’t take {-chu’}.
> >
> I don't think Okrand was trying to make the distinction between actions 
> and states here. He chose the word /action/ instead of /verb/ because 
> he's speaking to the layman. I think *'eychu'bogh chab* is perfectly legal.
> There is an instance of *-chu'* on a quality verb in /paq'batlh:/ *qatlh 
> Sutamchu' tlhIH*/Why are you all silent?/

Not used by Okrand in a sentence, but another "be"-verb example is

- DloraH

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