[tlhIngan Hol] Apposition on wI'-nouns

Lieven L. Litaer levinius at gmx.de
Fri Feb 21 04:47:37 PST 2020

I have recently noticed that we have a handful of words like {DIr QanwI'
taS}. When I wondered if this shouldn't be {DIr QanneH taS} I noticed
that this word {taS} is added as an apposition (is that the right word?)
making clear that this is for instance not some other kind of {DIr
QanwI'}. This theory is also confirmed in the word {wab labwI' jan}
where {jan} is added to clarify that this is not a "radio station" as
the institution, but it's a device - a wab labwI' device.

Now, when I tried to search for similar words, I noticed that not all of
the verb-wI'+noun combinations are appositions. For instance, {bIQ
ghaywI' pa'} is the "room of the shower"; It does not mean that there
are different kinds of {bIQ ghaywI'}

Do I see this correctly? What are your lingustic comments on this?

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Lieven L. Litaer
aka the "Klingon Teacher from Germany"

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