[tlhIngan Hol] Hoch in noun-noun constructions

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Dec 1 06:56:52 PST 2017

I found four examples of {Hoch} modifying a noun + noun phrase:

  Hoch tlhIngan DujDaq So'wI' jomlu' 
  All Klingon vessels are equipped with a cloaking device  (S33)

  QaptaHvIS So'wI', Hoch jagh Dujmey DaQotlh. 
  Disable all enemy ships while cloaked.  (MKE)

  Hoch tuq, Hoch puq poH 
  All tribes, all ages  (PB)

  Hoch Holmey mughwI' vIwIv 'e' DapIH'a' 
  Did you expect me to choose the Universal Translator? (ASM)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

-----Original Message-----
From: Lieven

On 12/1/2017 6:16 AM, mayqel qunenoS wrote:
>> I guess the fact that noone replied, probably means, that there is no 
>> definite answer to these questions.

If no one answers doesnot mean there is no answer.

Am 01.12.2017 um 14:48 schrieb SuStel:
> English is about adjective scope and ordering. My English-trained ear 
> insists upon {Hoch baS 'In}, but I can't prove that that's correct in 
> Klingon.

I agree. I see the {baS 'In} as one word. If you would say it as a compound noun, the problem would not exist anymore: {Hoch baS'In}

But unless we have canon prrof, we can never be sure. But it doesn't seem to contradict any rules, so just do it.

Lieven L. Litaer
aka the "Klingon Teacher from Germany"

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