[tlhIngan Hol] Adverbiality and the verb {Da}

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Wed Feb 14 11:59:59 PST 2018

On 2/14/2018 2:50 PM, Ed Bailey wrote:
> Considering that some adverbials, like {motlh}, are also verbs, I have 
> long wondered if one can essentially use verbs as adverbials. The 
> difference would show up in our punctuation, which might be a moot 
> point given what is known of Klingon punctuation.
> Example: {mer; SuvlaH verengan}
> "Surprisingly, the Ferengi can fight." (Literally, "It surprises; the 
> Ferengi can fight."
> In speech of course, the semicolon would be audible only as a pause, 
> if at all.

It might even be the source of adverbials. *motlh; SuvlaHbe' 
verengan*/it is usual: Ferengi cannot fight /becomes *motlh SuvlaHbe' 
verengan*/Ferengi usually cannot fight./ But I tend to think not, or at 
least not quite so simply as this, because so many adverbials are 
multisyllabic, and verbs very rarely are.


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