[tlhIngan Hol] Can we say {qarbe''a'} ?

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Tue May 7 12:36:53 PDT 2019

On 5/7/2019 3:27 PM, Jeffrey Clark wrote:
>> Except *qar'a'* is a recognized feature of the language, while 
>> *qarbe''a'* is not. I don't think Klingons who hear *qar'a'* are 
>> thinking that it means /is it correct?/ It would come across to them 
>> more like /amiright?/ It's a thing you say, not a sentence to be parsed.
> While I agree that Klingon’s likely don’t parse it that way 
> intuitively, the idiomatic understanding is clearly derived from it’s 
> literal meaning.
>  qarbe’’a’ is both grammatical and parseable — if not commonly heard 
> as an idiomatic expression. Likely {muj’a’} would be more direct; but 
> playing on {qar’a’}, the {qarbe’’a’} seems like it would signal the 
> asker’s increased doubt rather than uncertainty — shades of meaning.

Yes. But a Klingon hearing *qarbe''a'* would not simply reverse the 
sense of *qar'a';* he or she would have to parse it as a separate 
sentence, and so their alertness would be raised. The two are not, I 
think, as interchangeable as your post suggests.


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