[tlhIngan Hol] Saying I'm not there

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Oct 6 08:34:59 PDT 2017

mayqel qunenoS
>> If we want to say "I am there" we write {pa' jIHtaH}.
>> But if we want to say "I am not there", what do we write ?
>>    {pa' jIHbe'} or {pa' jIHbe'taH} ?

Neither.  Write pa’ jIHtaHbe’ “I’m not there” which is a (neutral) statement of fact/location.  E.g.

  qepHomDaq jIHtaHbe'.  Saghal.
  [untranslated greeting from MO to qepHOM 2013]

I’ve never seen an example of [PRONOUN]be’taH.  If anything, pa’ jIHbe’taH might mean “I’m still not there” implying continuous absence over some time.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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