[tlhIngan Hol] Body parts list

Lieven L. Litaer levinius at gmx.de
Mon Jun 22 01:23:13 PDT 2020

Am 22.06.2020 um 09:18 schrieb De'vID:
> This is kind of a philosophical question, but is a body a body part? A
> mathematician or philosopher might answer, yes, it is a body part,
> namely the part corresponding to the whole. But the relevant question
> here is how would one pluralise "two bodies", {cha' porghDu'} or {cha'
> porghmey}? Or is it context-dependent?

I'm not sure about the source or if it's canon, but I remember that the
general consent is that as {porgh} means "body" it just cannot be a body
PART. Therefore, the plural should be {porghmey}. I think {porghDu'}
sounds strange; I would wonder "body part of what?"

And I certainly would enjoy arguing about mathematics and philosophy,
because I see it differently: for me, the definition of a "part of X"
means "section of X", so not the entire thing (X). Think of a "puzzle
part" refers to a piece of a puzzle and would take {-Du'}, whereas a
puzzle itself would take the {-mey} suffix.

Setting complete aside the question of what happens if the body is
capable of speech? ;-)

Lieven L. Litaer
aka the "Klingon Teacher from Germany"

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