[tlhIngan Hol] Grammatical gender of a mixed group

Daniel Dadap daniel at dadap.net
Mon Mar 11 19:02:36 PDT 2019

Is there any evidence in canon of how a group composed of a mixture of speech-capable and non-speech-capable members is treated grammatically? As a simple example, if somebody asked you “puqpu' paqmey je Dalegh'a'?” would you answer (assuming you see all of them):

a) chaH bIH je vIlegh
b) chaH vIlegh 'ej bIH vIlegh je
c) chaH vIlegh
d) bIH vIlegh

(a) and (b) obviously seem the safest, but in an Earth language where a group whose members have mixed grammatical gender resolves to a single grammatical gender (which might be different from the grammatical genders of its members), it would seem strange. If there’s any examples in canon of something like (c) or (d) happening, I’d be interested to know about them.

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