[tlhIngan Hol] ordering of multiple adverbials

mayqel qunen'oS mihkoun at gmail.com
Tue Sep 17 01:37:44 PDT 2019

Ca'Non master:
> how can you tell which adverbial is "the most important one" for Okrand?

You're right, I can't. As americans say, "it's just a gut feeling I
have". Let me explain..

> chaq batlh bIvangqa'laH

In this sentence, I "feel" that while someone's acting, it's of more
importance the whether he acts honorably or not, than the "perhaps" he

> chaq tugh batlh Heghmo'

Same here; the "honorable"/"unhonorable" death is more important than
the "when" ({tugh}), and the "when" more important than the "perhaps".

> chaq tugh charghmo'

The "when" "feels" more important than the "perhaps".

> reH batlh SuvtaHjaj chaH

The honorable"/"unhonorable" way of fighting, is more important than
the "always".

> vaj pe'vIl joqqu'

The "forcefully" "feels" more important than the "so/then/thus/in that case".

Now, don't misunderstand me.

I'm *not* saying that I'm right, and I'm certainly *not* suggesting
that there is here some hidden rule in the ordering of adverbials, we
need to acknowledge.

I'm just sharing, an impression I have, that the adverbials which are
more important as far as the meaning of the verb is concerned, tend to
be placed closer to it.

- bara'qa'

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