[tlhIngan Hol] expressing ratio

Lieven L. Litaer levinius at gmx.de
Wed Nov 6 07:35:19 PST 2019

Am 06.11.2019 um 15:36 schrieb Steven Boozer:
 >   yopwaH bID     shorts (pants) (TNK)
 >   paH bID             skirt (TNK)
 >   DIr paH bID       kilt-like garment (qepHom 2015)

add to that moQbID - "dome" (TLP)

> Hmm… {[...] while {bID} does both!

 From the very few given examples, it is possible to interpret that when
{bID} precedes something, it means "half of something" (bID choQ) while
it follows a word when it modifies it without being literally dividing
it into a half.

None of the mentioned clothing are really "half": {yopwaH bID} are still
pants, and a {paH bID} still is a {paH}. The {bID choQ} referred to on
the other is really only half a choQ. Yes, it still is a choQ as well,
but as compared to the others, it is only half, and not {naQ}.

While I wrote this, I added moQbID, and thought it may contradict what I
just said, but there still may be the difference I mentioned: {bID moQ}
is a sphere that has been cut in half. {moQbID} otoh is a dome, it has
not been cut in half.

All of that, of course, as usual, is just theory until Maltz clarifies.

Lieven L. Litaer
aka the "Klingon Teacher from Germany"

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