[tlhIngan Hol] What does {Du' naH} mean exactly ?

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Fri Jun 21 05:59:37 PDT 2019


I’d add that, being a person who overthinks EVERYTHING, and recognizing that this trait is far more common in this group than in any other group of people that I’ve known in my life, keep in mind that we are almost certainly thinking about this much more than Okrand ever did.

It’s this trait of ours that makes him feel that he has to be really, really careful whenever he says anything about the language. I think he’s at least a little in awe of how much power he accidentally tosses around when he realizes that he needs a word for “sterilize” and instead of coming up with a new word, he could just toss {-qu’} on a word he already has for “clean” and…

… years later, here we are, discussing and arguing and theorizing...

charghwI’ vaghnerya’ngan

rInpa’ bomnIS be’’a’ pI’.




> On Jun 21, 2019, at 2:21 AM, Lieven L. Litaer <levinius at gmx.de> wrote:
> 
> Am 20.06.2019 um 23:45 schrieb DloraH:
>> I wonder how [Say'chu'moH] or [Say'chu'qu'moH] would fit into this.
> 
> Setting aside the incorrect suffix order, this may be the important
> difference:
> 
> If you wash your car, then it's {Say'chu'}.
> If you sterilize something, it's {Say'qu'}.
> 
> We should not forget that although it's usually translated as "very",
> the suffix {-qu'} is defined as "emphatic" in TKD, saying that it
> "emphasizes [...] whatever immediately precedes it."
> 
> So this may mean that {Say'qu'} means more than just "very clean", it
> means some kind of "intensely emphasised clean", which may be
> interpreted as "sterile clean".
> 
> I'm not saying this aplies to ALL words combined with {-qu'}, but it may
> be a plausible explanation for this specific word.
> 
> 
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