[tlhIngan Hol] Not just cool. Sub-zero rura-pente cool.

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Thu Jul 25 11:50:25 PDT 2019


On 7/25/2019 2:21 PM, RE Andeen wrote:
>
> <ghe'> is “be transformed, transmuted, metamorphosed, totally altered”
> <ghe'moH> is “cause to be transformed, etc.”
>
> tlhIngan Hol has no tense, so <maS Daghe'moH'a'> could mean any of the 
> following:
>
> Are you terraforming the moon?
> Did you terraform the moon?
>
/Did you terraform the moon/ is a perfective concept in almost any 
context: you're asking about a completed event from your viewpoint of 
asking about a past action. It requires a perfective marker.

Now, if you're asking whether terraforming was the sort of thing you did 
in the past, then you don't need perfective for that, because you're not 
asking about a completed event. "Last year I was on the 
moon-terraforming team. I look forward to the day they finish that."


> Will you terraform the moon?
>
> The addition of a type-7 suffix can add additional clarity, though it 
> is not required. For example:
>
The addition of a type 7 suffix is required if you intend to express the 
concept represented by that suffix. If you intend to describe something 
with perfective, then you must use a perfective suffix (or *rIntaH*). If 
you intend to describe something that is ongoing, then you must use a 
continuous suffix. Lacking any such suffix means the action is not 
completed and not continuous.

You can't leave off an aspect suffix when describing an aspect any more 
than you can leave off *-laH* when encoding ability into a verb.


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SuStel
http://trimboli.name

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