[tlhIngan Hol] SoHvaD yuchwIj vIbonqangbe'

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Thu Jan 31 09:56:49 PST 2019

I’m taking a class in the language and culture of American Sign Language. There’s an emphasis on the relationship between language and culture. Since others have answered the language part, I’ll append with a culture part.

jIH? I’d just growl at you through bared teeth.

If I said any word, it would be {ghobe’}, or maybe I’d use sign language and reveal a concealed weapon, suggesting that perhaps I’d share THAT with you, instead. If I were feeling talkative, I might say, {yInID neH. SuvchoHghach QaQ vItIv.}

I wouldn’t use {Qo’} because it doesn’t really seem to be the reply to a question. It’s a clipped-Klingon refusal to follow a command, or perhaps could be a functional equivalent to “Don’t!”, depending on context.

If you had said, {yuchlIj HIbon!}, I’d answer, {Qo’!} and reflexively prepare to harm you.

charghwI’ ‘utlh

> On Jan 31, 2019, at 7:59 AM, Daniel Dadap <daniel at dadap.net> wrote:
> Suppose I see a Klingon enjoying some chocolate and ask, “jIHvaD yuchlIj Dabonqang'a'?” Assume that the Klingon wishes to keep all of the chocolate for him or herself (as suggested by the subject of this message).
> Would the most appropriate one-word response be “ghobe'” (because the question was asked with -'a'), “Qo'” (because it’s a question about volition), or is either fine?
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