[tlhIngan Hol] scope of the {jay'}

mayqel qunen'oS mihkoun at gmail.com
Fri Sep 13 06:48:49 PDT 2019

Read the following from tkd:

> {jay'} "intensely"
> This word not only intensifies whatever is being said, it
> turns the whole phrase into an invective. Alone among the
> adverbials, {jay'} always comes at the end of the sentence.
> {qaStaH nuq jay'} "What the #$*@ is happening?"
> {mIch 'elpu' jay'} "They've entered the #$%@ sector!"

Now I ask..

A klingon ship is traveling and suddenly picks up the following transmission:

{jabbI'ID bojemchugh, vaj mIch bo'elpu' jay'}

Where does the {jay'} refer ? To the {vaj mIch bo'elpu'} only ? Or to
the whole phrase {jabbI'ID bojemchugh, vaj mIch bo'elpu' jay'} ?

~ bara'qa'

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