[tlhIngan Hol] Two negations

mayqel qunenoS mihkoun at gmail.com
Mon Jan 1 11:33:49 PST 2018


True. But the english "I didn't do nothing", isn't used in formal speech.
As I understand it, it is slang/informal.

Anyway, since klingon doesn't use "two negatives", I have no problem
writing klingon the english way.

Although I do wonder..

Is klingon's not utilization of "two negatives" a conscious choice, or is
it an unconscious carry-over from english ?

But I guess, we'll never know.

le'bogh DIS chu' botIvjaj..

~ nI'ghma

On Jan 1, 2018 21:00, "kechpaja" <kechpaja at comcast.net> wrote:

> DIvI' Hol wIlo'taHvIS rut neH teH 'oH. {I didn't do nothing} jatlh 'op
> nuv. 'ach DIvI' Hol Segh Daghojbogh Dalo'taHvIS, teH 'oH.
>
>  - SapIr
>
> On Mon, Jan 01, 2018 at 02:46:02PM +0200, mayqel qunenoS wrote:
> > I just realized something..
> >
> > In english you say "I didn't do anything"
> > In greek we say "I didn't do nothing"
> > In english you say "I don't know anything"
> > In greek we say "I don't know nothing"
> > In english you say "I don't go anywhere"
> > In greek we say "I don't go nowhere"
> >
> > I'm certain that you, being native english speakers, find the above greek
> > phrases strange/wrong.
> >
> > On the other hand, I, being greek, find the english phrases
> strange/wrong.
> >
> > maj.
> >
> > The question is, why should I -in klingon-, write {vay' vIqaSmoHbe'}
> > instead of {pagh vIqaSmoHbe'} ? Why should I write {vay' vISovbe'}
> instead
> > of {pagh vISovbe'} ? Why {vogh vIjaHbe'} instead of {pagh Daq vIjaHbe'} ?
> >
> > Why should I follow the english way of expressing the above, instead of
> the
> > greek ?
> >
> > ~ nI'ghma
>
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