[tlhIngan Hol] thoughts on Qeq face (orient towards)

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Tue Aug 18 07:11:55 PDT 2020

On 8/18/2020 9:57 AM, mayqel qunen'oS wrote:
> 'a wotvam DeltaHvIS 'oqranD, qatlh QIjlaw'ghachvam 'otHa'pu' ? qatlh
> maHvaD {Qeqchuq} QIjchu'pu'be' ?
> chaq not maSov..

I suspect he was thinking: *Qeq* means /aim,/ and I'm going to 
generalize that /orient something./ That means the subject of the verb 
has to be "aiming" the object, so the thing faced has to be the 
locative. But to talk about someone or something "facing" something 
else, someone needs to cause the object to be oriented toward the 
target? Who is the subject? Mostly, when you talk about someone facing 
something, no one is making someone else face something, the object 
makes itself face something. That's reflexive, and the two reflexive 
suffixes are *-'egh* and *-chuq.* So someone can face themselves at 
something, or plural someones can—OH LOOK, A SQUIRREL!

In other words, I don't think he considered whether *-chuq* is actually 
useful. I think he only considered the syntax, that the object is also 
the subject.


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