[tlhIngan Hol] expressing first fourteen days
willmartin2 at mac.com
Mon Aug 10 09:02:26 PDT 2020
Perhaps context would prevent someone from interpreting this as “I love this month’s fourteen first days,” instead of “I love this month’s first fourteen days,” but I wouldn’t count on it.
Good question. I’m not sure.
The trick is, on Earth, in most countries, we agree on the months, though that generality might not hold on Qo’noS. We don’t even know that a Klingon month has 28-31 days. There is no Klingon known word for “fortnight”.
Basically, we can’t be sure that Klingons even have the concept of “the first fourteen days of this month”. They might not think of time this way. It’s more likely that they’d have an idea like “the past fourteen days” or other time periods relative to now. We’re not that sure that they have calendars like we do. We don’t know the names of Klingon months, assuming that a Month for them is an absolute reference instead of just a relative one; a standard group size of days, as opposed to a named, fixed part of a year.
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> On Aug 10, 2020, at 8:12 AM, mayqel qunen'oS <mihkoun at gmail.com> wrote:
> Suppose we want to say "I love the first fourteen days of this month".
> wa'maH loS jaj
> fourteen days
> jaj wa'DIch
> first day
> jajmey wa'DIch
> first days
> So, after marrying the above we get:
> wa'maH loS jaj wa'DIch
> first fourteen days
> And back to the original example:
> jarvam wa'maH loS jaj wa'DIch vIQej
> I love the first fourteen days of this month
> Is this sentence correct ?
> ~ Qa'yIn
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