[tlhIngan Hol] mu' chu' (pab chu' je) chabal tetlh: filling the gaps (concept)

Lieven levinius at gmx.de
Tue Mar 21 07:06:01 PDT 2017

Am 21.03.2017 um 14:34 schrieb Michael Kúnin:
> My *raw* idea is to take 5000 most frequently used English words; now I elaborate: if a word is not *really* missing, think/invent/suggest how to express it, and create an online resource (or a page in the KLI website) with such suggestions.

A good place for that is the Klingon Language Wiki. There exists a page 
entitled "How do I say..." to give suggestions for expression for which 
we have no canon word or examples (e.g. "I love you")
see www.klingonwiki.net/En/HowDoISay

> As for {'IHchoHmoH} and other words that do not directly occur in the "dictionary" canon but occur in canon sentence translations, I suggest adding them to some extra word list.

Yes, good idea. Add it to the Wiki.

> in your replay to another user as to expressing speeds, you came up with
 > a {qaStaHviS} construction, but you recognised that it was "a bit
> awkward"---if someone with your Klingon knowledge considers a
 > translation using what we know "awkward", then it probably
> indicates that there should be a better way yet to be revealed by Maltz.

Hm, yes, not necessarily. I was just saying that maybe there is a lot 
easier way to express this, and suggested that others may have a better 

Actually, we are just missing a word similar to "per" to express things 
like "5 miles per hour".

> I would strongly suggest that you report {'e'levan} as a new word:

Yes, I just did. I wasn't sure if this really is notable as a new word, 
but as it is infoirmation coming from Okrand, we take anything we can 
get of course :-)

 > I really have an impression that more academic approach
 > to canon is needed.

What so you mean with that? jIyajbe'.

> Again, some resource with tips as to translating advanced English
 > sentences to Klingon would be really appreciated
 > (I perfectly realise that those tips would be no more
 > than general guidelines).

The wiki is the place for that, collecting lots of "guidelines" and 
suggestions for beginners and also advanced.

> For you, it is two cents. For me, the value of your response is much higher, believe me.

I'm glad you appreciate it. Thanks.

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

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