[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: vIqraq

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Wed Feb 19 05:54:19 PST 2020

On 2/19/2020 1:30 AM, De'vID wrote:
> Someone (Visirius) posted this about ablaut reduplication on the 
> Klingon Discord recently and it seems relevant to {vIqraq}:
> https://www.rd.com/culture/ablaut-reduplication/
> Does Klingon also follow this pattern? That is, are there words that 
> sound like *{vaqrIq} instead? The only one that comes to mind is 
> {raS'IS} (which is not *{rIS'aS}).

I don't know about this particular rule, but I do know that Okrand has 
given such things thought. We have the words *Dung*/area above/ and 
*bIng*/area below,/ which sound exactly backwards to an 
English-speaker's ear (which tends to have front-vowels for /up/ and 
back-vowels for /down/). I believe Okrand confirmed — though I cannot 
cite a source; it may have been a conversation at a qep'a' — that he did 
this intentionally.

It's also possible that Okrand doesn't know about ablaut reduplication 
and lets his English bias bleed into Klingon.


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