[tlhIngan Hol] {moch} in noun-noun constructions

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Thu Mar 19 07:37:34 PDT 2020


On 3/19/2020 10:27 AM, Lieven L. Litaer wrote:
> So based on all these examples, {moch Qel} *could* mean
> "higher-rank-doctor", but maybe not.
>
> So it leads back to the next question if that always works, or if it's
> only acceptable if Maltz says so, or if there is a pattern. It seems to
> work with all materials, and I guess all of the other examples can also
> be expanded. 

The genitive is ubiquitous throughout all of Klingon. The pattern is 
quite clear. I only gave a handful of examples; there are tons more. I 
can't see any serious argument being made that the genitive noun-noun 
construction is an insufficiently documented grammatical feature of the 
language to employ it in daily use.

That's not to say there can't be exceptions. For instance, Klingon from 
the Sakrej region do not use the noun-noun construction with area-nouns 
and pronouns as other Klingons do. Where most Klingons say *jIH 'em* for 
/area behind me,/ Sakrej Klingons say *'emwIj.***But these are 
exceptions that prove the rule. The fact that the Sakrej usage is an 
exception means it's an exception to the general rule of the noun-noun 
construction.

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SuStel
http://trimboli.name

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