[tlhIngan Hol] Does the {'e' qa'} express a preference ?

nIqolay Q niqolay0 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 10 10:14:02 PST 2018


Or perhaps even

*vIghojmeH tlhIngan Hol qaq law' vulqangan Hol qaq puS.*

On Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 12:23 PM SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name> wrote:

> On 12/10/2018 11:57 AM, mayqel qunenoS wrote:
>
> In english one can say:
>
> "I learn klingon rather than vulcan" ; meaning simply "I don't learn
> vulcan, I learn klingon".
>
> On the other hand one can say "I'd rather learn klingon instead of
> vulcan", expressing a preference: "I prefer to learn klingon instead
> of vulcan".
>
> So, the question is, is the {'e' qa'} just a "neutral" "rather/instead
> of", or is it (too) the wishful "I'd rather ?"
>
> The way I understand it, it seems to be the neutral variant, but I
> would like to make certain.
>
> In English the preference is expressed by *I'd rather* or *I'd prefer,*
> not by the *instead of* or *rather than.* Klingon *'e' qa'* is neutral as
> to preference.
>
> In Klingon these could be expressed thus:
>
>
> *tlhIngan Hol vIghoj; vulqangan Hol vIghoj 'e' qa'. **I learn Klingon
> instead of Vulcan.*
>
>
> *tlhIngan Hol vIghoj 'e' vImaS; vulqangan Hol vIghoj 'e' vImaS 'e' qa'. **I
> prefer to learn Klingon instead of Vulcan.*
>
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