[tlhIngan Hol] What is a sentence?

MorphemeAddict lytlesw at gmail.com
Sat Jun 10 12:37:58 PDT 2017

A terminological note: A compound sentence (in English) is one consisting
of two or more independent clauses joined by a conjunction. A complex
sentence has an independent clause and a dependent one. Compound-complex
sentences have both.

lay'tel SIvten

On Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 12:12 PM, ghunchu'wI' 'utlh <qunchuy at alcaco.net>

> On Jun 9, 2017, at 3:03 PM, SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name> wrote:
> For instance, Captain Klaa's utterance *reH DIvI' Duj vISuv vIneH* *I've
> always wanted to fight a Federation ship* becomes perfectly reasonable
> without any special grammatical exceptions if we simply look at it as *reH
> [DIvI' Duj vISuv vIneH],* where the brackets delineate a sentence, not
> just a "construction."
> It is already an exception, as {neH} does not use the object {'e'}. It has
> occasionally been suggested that the "previous sentence" is the actual
> object of {neH}. I think that is no more of a stretch than what you propose.
> I do see the distinction between generalizing and making exceptions. I'm
> just not sure it is worth generalizing "all SAO constructions are
> sentences" in order to handle the Klaa example, when a small codicil on
> {neH} works to explain both the placement of {reH} and the lack of {'e'}.
> I think it is uncontroversial to call complex sentences made with
> conjunctions "sentences". Do we have any examples of such sentences where
> an adverbial or subordinate clause applies to the entire thing, or do they
> attach to only one main verb? The comparison isn't perfectly applicable to
> a SAO, but it could be instructive.
> -- ghunchu'wI'
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