[tlhIngan Hol] rIntaH and be-verbs

mayqel qunen'oS mihkoun at gmail.com
Thu Jan 30 07:03:10 PST 2020

> Again, I think perfective on quality verbs
> can be tricky and not very useful

Indeed !

I remember, when I was reading for the first time tkd's section on type-7
verb suffixes, I said to myself "ok, sounds simple..".

Only to realize later on, that my worst nightmare would become the correct
use of aspect.

Luckily, this thread has been a tremendous help.

But let me ask you just one more thing..

When we say: {taj vISampu'} we mean "I have located the knife, and the
event of my locating the knife is over".

And as soon as the knife has been located, a new reality has begun, the
reality of "the knife having been located".

I noticed earlier in the thread, that you wrote: "The addition of choH
changes a quality verb into an action verb".

So, suppose we write:


The way I understand this sentence, is:

I have become happy, and the event which has been completed, is the "my
becoming". But the sentence doesn' t specify whether my happiness is over.

In contrast with the {jIQuchpu'} which means "I've been happy", specifying
though that this happiness is over.

Would you agree with this analysis ?

~ mayqel qunen'oS
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