[tlhIngan Hol] -meH nouns

Lieven levinius at gmx.de
Wed Aug 30 22:53:01 PDT 2017

Am 31.08.2017 um 06:11 schrieb De'vID:
> I'm not sure what Lieven means by "tool" since a {rojHom} isn't a tool. 
> There are plenty of purpose clauses modifying nouns which aren't tools.

It's maybe not a tool you can grab with your hand, but the point was 
that in the phrase {ja'chuqmeH rojHom}, the {rojHom} has a purpose. Its 
"purpose" is to make talking possible.

In {DIlmeH Huch} the "purpose" of the money is to pay.
In {pe'meH taj} the "purpose" of the knife is to cut.

When I say {SuvmeH meq} "reason for fighting", the {meq} is not the 
"purpose" for fighting. That's what they told me. I'm still in doubt if 
I'm just misusing this construction, taking it too literally.

> Really? I think this is {[Dochvetlh DIlmeH Huch] 'ar DaneH?} and not 
> *{Dochvetlh DIlmeH, Huch 'ar DaneH?}, because in the latter case, I'd 
> expect {Dochvetlh vIDIlmeH, Huch 'ar DaneH?}

Good point.

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

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