[tlhIngan Hol] Silly question of the day

Lieven L. Litaer levinius at gmx.de
Sun Oct 14 10:01:15 PDT 2018

Am 14.10.2018 um 18:52 schrieb mayqel qunenoS:
> 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.

I suggest you go back to the chapter in TKD, which clearly shows the 
difference that happens on the word qaHoHvIpbe'qu' and so on. The 
different meanings are done in Englisch only with emphasis. Like "I am 
NOT afraid to kill you" vs. "I'm afraid to NOT kill you" (I won't quote 
the entire section).

> 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.

Remember that it can even emphasize the entire sentence, as in {nom 
yIghoSqu'} where it basically epmphasized the {nom}.

> 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' ?

The other kind of usage is translated with "very".
{qaparHa'} is less then {qaparHa'qu'}.

Lieven L. Litaer
aka the "Klingon Teacher from Germany"

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