[tlhIngan Hol] pluralizing non-klingon words in a klingon text

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Mon Jul 20 11:06:48 PDT 2020


On 7/20/2020 2:01 PM, Will Martin wrote:
> I think you are exactly as presumptive, assuming that Klingons would 
> not add Klingon suffixes to foreign-language words as you are saying 
> that Klingon speakers have been by doing so.
>
> The simple truth is: In English, we don’t consistently use English 
> suffixes on foreign words, but Klingon isn’t English. Until we see a 
> canon example of it being done one way or another, we don’t know how 
> it's done in Klingon.

This is an issue regarding one's particular style guide, not a 
grammatical or sociolinguistic issue. Different style guides may 
advocate different rules. The /Kronos Manual of Style/ may advocate for 
keeping native and foreign elements out of single words, while the 
/Praxis Memorial Guide to Style/ may advise always using native 
morphemes on foreign root words. Neither is "correct"; style guides are 
prescriptive.

What Qa'yIn has stumbled across is not a "rule," but it's definitely 
what I consider good style.

-- 
SuStel
http://trimboli.name

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