[tlhIngan Hol] Sound of o

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Sun Jun 28 04:56:23 PDT 2020


I’m not so much interested in proving myself to be right as I am in figuring out something like truth.

So, there are apparently eight times as many examples of syllables that end in a bare {o} than I thought. Impressive, statistically.

Of course, that pales in comparison to words that have {o} followed by a consonant. I’m pretty sure that number might come really close to having a comma in it, especially when considering words with affixes that include {o}, like {-moH}, which pretty clearly doesn’t sound like “mow”{H}, just like {Qo’noS} doesn’t remotely sound like “crow-know”{S}.

Still, it seems odd to give a verbal description of how to pronounce {o} that it is suggested might apply only to the eight known syllables that end in {o} without giving a verbal description of how it is pronounced everywhere else, and even this presumes that he actually pronounces these eight syllables to rhyme with “mow”.

Does anybody have a recording of him saying something in Klingon that rhymes with “mow”?

That really is all I’ve asked for.

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> On Jun 27, 2020, at 11:42 AM, Hugh Son puqloD <Hugh at qeylis.net> wrote:
>> On Jun 27, 2020, at 10:40, Hugh Son puqloD <Hugh at qeylis.net> wrote:
>>>>> On Jun 27, 2020, at 09:49, Will Martin <willmartin2 at mac.com> wrote:
>>> That pretty much leaves the prefix {gho-} as the only example I can think of in the entire vocabulary.
>> There’s also:
>> {gho} - circle
>> {ro} - trunk, torso,
>> {Do} - velocity
>> {po} - morning 
>> {cho-} you singular/me
>> {jo} - resources
>> {'o} - vocative “o”
>> (The first five I thought of off the top of my head; the remainder I found by going through all of the consonants and adding o and seeing if it made a word.)
> Clearly I didn’t go through *all* of the consonants, since I missed {bo} - feather and {bo-} - you plural/him,her,it,them
>> So if it is true that syllable-final {o} is pronounced as a diphthong [ow], there are quite a few words that it could apply to.
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