[tlhIngan Hol] Does {vabDot} always require a verb ?

nIqolay Q niqolay0 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 23 10:51:28 PST 2018


On Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 1:31 PM Lieven L. Litaer <levinius at gmx.de> wrote:

Think of vabDot more than just "even" or "also". A phrase would also
> look weird in English if you say "Everyone can learn Klingon,
> furthermore you." Don't you think so?
>
> PS: use {je}.
>

I think {vabDot} works fine here. {vabDot} is used to convey that something
is unexpected, surprising, or counterintuitive. One might expect that the
scope of {Hoch} in the first sentence was just "all people" or perhaps "all
people who try out for the officer corps". However, the second sentence
adds something unexpected: the intended scope of {Hoch} is not just all
*people*, but also all livestock as well.

One way to shorten it might be to just replace the verb: {yaS lumojlaH
Hoch. vabDot ta'laH DI'raqwIj}. "Everyone can become an officer. Even my
sheep can do it."
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