[tlhIngan Hol] placing {-lu'} on {'oH} and {ghaH}

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Fri Jul 5 12:24:44 PDT 2019

On 7/5/2019 1:14 PM, De'vID wrote:
> On Fri, 5 Jul 2019 at 17:15, mayqel qunen'oS <mihkoun at gmail.com 
> <mailto:mihkoun at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     There's something, which feels strange seeing/reading the
>     {ghaHlu'}, but I can't find what it actually is.
> I think this is impossible, because {-lu'} works with the pronominal 
> prefixes, and pronouns never take prefixes.

Prefixes aren't inherent to the job that *-lu'* plays. Using *-lu'* 
simply makes you use /different/ prefixes.

The sentence *Daqawlu'taH*/you will be remembered/ is simply a 
pronoun-elided version of *SoH Daqawlu'taH.* The prefix doesn't make the 
indefinite subject work; it simply agrees in a different way than 
sentences with subjects. All the *-lu'* really means is "no subject here."

I can't see any problem with using *-lu'* with the third-person 
pronouns. First- and second-person pronoun "to be" sentences use the 
pronoun itself as the subject; third-person "to be" sentences can take 
third-person nouns as their subjects. *verengan ghaHlu'chugh, 
qurlu'ba'*/If one is a Ferengi, one is obviously greedy./ This is just 
the no-subject equivalent to *verengan ghaHchugh vay''e', qurba' vay'vetlh.*


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