[tlhIngan Hol] pluralizing non-klingon words in a klingon text
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
What Qa'yIn has stumbled across is not a "rule," but it's definitely
what I consider good style.
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