[tlhIngan Hol] Does rIntaH require a sentient being ?

kechpaja at kechpaja.com kechpaja at kechpaja.com
Fri Mar 8 13:20:11 PST 2019

On Fri, Mar 08, 2019 at 04:06:01PM -0500, SuStel wrote:
>On 3/8/2019 3:17 PM, Will Martin wrote:
>> {rIntaH} also can follow a sentence to indicate that something is
>> completely done.
>> Both of these instances involve the verb {rIn} without its own
>> subject, object, or prefix indicating subject or object.
>TKD says that *rIntaH* follows the verb. No examples of verbs with
>explicit subjects have occurred, so a strict reading of the text says
>that *vIje' rIntaH jIH* is more correct than *vIje' jIH rIntaH.* I would
>not be surprised if that weren't an absolute — but again, we have no data.

While that is what the text would imply, without explicit confirmation
or contradiction from actual examples, I find myself wanting to default
to the {vIje' jIH rIntaH} version, the main reason for this being the
fact that {rIntaH} is marked as having a third person subject. My
intuition is to treat this construction as essentially a shortening of
{SENTENCE rIntaH 'e'}. 

 - SapIr

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