[tlhIngan Hol] jar DamaSqu'bogh yIngu' vs nuq 'oH jar'e' DamaSqu'bogh

mayqel qunen'oS mihkoun at gmail.com
Tue Jul 14 07:18:53 PDT 2020


jIH:
> Can I say {nuq 'oH jar'e' DamaSqu'bogh} ? Or is it wrong ? Or is it
> that we don't know if it's wrong or not ?
SuStel:
> Sure, you can say that. Why not?

There's something I still can't understand.

In the klingonska article, 'oqranD says:

> The answer to the question yIH nuq? ("What is a tribble?") would presumably be a
> definition or description of a tribble.  This being the case, then, the
> answer to the question jarlIj qaq nuq?  ("What is your preferable month?")
> would presumably be a definition of "your favorite month." But this is not
> what you want to find out by asking your question.  What you really mean
> to ask is something like "Of all the months, which one do you prefer?"

If I wrote {nuq 'oH jar'e' DamaSqu'bogh}, then couldn't we have again
the same problem ? Couldn't this sentence be understood as "asking for
the definition of the month which you prefer", instead of asking the
listener to name the month which he prefers ?

~ Qa'yIn


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