[tlhIngan Hol] question words in noun-noun constructions

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Mon Aug 21 07:13:05 PDT 2017

On 8/21/2017 10:03 AM, mayqel qunenoS wrote:
> 'oqranD:
>> 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" ?

**qaq nuq wornagh Sar* doesn't seek a definition of the preferable 
variety; it seeks a definition of the warnog variety. *nuq wornagh 
Sar*/what is a warnog variety?/ Phrased the way Okrand does, it is 
*wornagh Sar nuq.*

The correct way to say /which ale variety made you sick?/ is 
*DuropmoHpu'bogh HIq Sar yIngu'.*


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