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

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Tue May 7 12:47:28 PDT 2019

On 5/7/2019 3:36 PM, SuStel wrote:
> 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.
Without a word from Okrand otherwise, one could not, for instance, 
correctly say *De' Sov qarbe''a' HoD,* but one CAN say *De' Sov qar'a' 
HoD*/The captain knows the information, right?/


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