[tlhIngan Hol] use of {-'e'} in order to mark the topic of a discussion

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Mon Sep 9 07:05:37 PDT 2019

On 9/7/2019 7:17 AM, mayqel qunen'oS wrote:
> I'm talking about cats in general..
> And after I've talked for quite some time, I want to shift the topic
> of the discussion to the ancient cats in particular.
> Would the following be correct/acceptable ?
> {yadda yadda yadda vIghro'mey, yadda yadda yadda vIghro'mey, yadda
> yadda yadda vIghro'mey, yadda yadda yadda vIghro'mey.
> vIghro'mey tIQ'e'..
> (as for the ancient cats..)
> ..and the yadda yadda continues, but now for the ancient cats..}
> Would this use of {-'e'} in order to describe a change of topic/the
> next topic, be correct ?
> Or would the {vIghro'mey tIQ'e'} be marked/overmarked, or whatever the
> jay' you call it ?

This is fine. When Okrand was talking about *-'e'* at the front being 
marked, he meant when you are using it to move an object noun in front 
of an adverbial, like so: *HaqwI''e' DaH yISam*/Find the SURGEON now!/ 
It turns out that using topic nouns just as a sentence topic without 
being a subject or object is not marked.


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