[tlhIngan Hol] Silly question of the day

mayqel qunenoS mihkoun at gmail.com
Sun Oct 14 09:52:14 PDT 2018


lieven:
> Perhabs mayqel can just say if my answer was helpful
> or not.

I think the answer is both "yes" and "no", depending on how the effect of
-qu' is understood.

In the past we have said that the -qu', can act either by emphasizing only
the suffix which directly precedes it, or by adding emphasis to the entire
word.

So, if the -qu' is used with the intention of emphasizing only the
preceding suffix, then I still don't understand why we should use it in
spoken klingon, and not just stress with our voice the final suffix instead.

On the other hand, if by the use of -qu', we want to emphasize the entire
preceding word (i.e. verb and the sum of suffixes it bears), then I do
understand why it would be needed, with its job unable to be done by merely
adding emphasis with our voice on the final suffix.

On the third hand, why not emphasize with our voice the entire word with
all its suffixes and be done with it, rather than using the -qu' ?

~ channgan qIj
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