[tlhIngan Hol] difference between -meH and -wI' in purpose-clause compound nouns

Lieven levinius at gmx.de
Thu Jun 1 09:16:50 PDT 2017

Am 01.06.2017 um 18:02 schrieb SuStel:
> In your subject, you call these things "purpose-clause compound nouns." 
> Strictly speaking, none of these are compound nouns, which in TKD are 
> individual words consisting of multiple nouns. All of your examples may 
> be described as noun phrases, but you can't get more specific when 
> describing all of them. They break down into purpose clauses and 
> genitive phrases.

Thanks for clarifying.

> I also think you wouldn't be particularly wrong if you said *chevmeH 
> tlhoy'* instead of *chevwI' tlhoy',* for example. It would be like the 
> difference between /border wall/ and /wall of the border:/ one is said 
> and the other isn't, but the other is still perfectly understandable.

But on the other hand, {pe'wI' taj} sounds strange, doesn't it?
Lieven L. Litaer
aka Quvar valer 'utlh
Grammarian of the KLI

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