[tlhIngan Hol] Expressing "all of us"

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Fri Feb 2 10:46:57 PST 2018

On 2/2/2018 1:14 PM, mayqel qunenoS wrote:
> Perhaps, using the time-honored-qeylIS-approved method of writing in a 
> retarded-multiple-sentence-way, even if it is in order to say the 
> simplest things, is indeed the way to go..

Oh please. What's simple in one language is not necessarily simple in 
another. The very fact that we have multiple forms of "sentence as 
object" shows that Klingon is perfectly comfortable with multiple 
sentences. Canon like *'uSDaj chop; chev* for /chew his arm off!/ shows 
you don't even need a special grammatical structure to do it. Every 
simile does this.


The problem you're having isn't that what you want should be simple and 
it's not; it's that one language has a tool the other doesn't and you 
miss it. How would you say *SuQomtaH* in Standard American English 
(that's the newscaster variety)? (Hint: SAE has no /y'all /or /youz/.) 
Can you say it as simply as the Klingon? In Klingon, it's three 
syllables. In the simplest and most precise SAE translation, not losing 
any meaning or adding any ambiguity, I count twelve syllables.


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