[tlhIngan Hol] bID in noun-noun constructions

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Tue May 12 09:15:53 PDT 2020


For whatever reason, every instance of {bID} in the word list combined as a compound noun or noun noun construction uses {bID} as the last word:

moQbID
qubbID
DIr bID
paH bID
yopwaH bID
DIr paH bID

While number words tend to precede the nouns they modify, {bID} acts more like a modifier. While it’s not an adjectival verb, it might be thought of more like a typical noun-noun construction. “Half of a utility deck” or “a utility deck’s half”.

We don’t think of the word “whole” as a number. If you think of “half” as being related to “whole”, then perhaps you can avoid the assumption that it works just like a number in English. It apparently doesn’t have to be a number in Klingon. I’m not sure it can be a number in Klingon, though those who know canon can probably answer that better than I can.

charghwI’ vaghnerya’ngan

rInpa’ bomnIS be’’a’ pI’.




> On May 12, 2020, at 9:14 AM, mayqel qunen'oS <mihkoun at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> SuStel:
> > pawpu' poH luSopbogh nov. ghIq wa' vI' 
> > vagh DIS luSoppu'.
> 
> I've thought of this solution, but the thing I can't understand, is why {bID} is used as the second noun in {paH bID} etc, while at the "half utility deck" its' use is seemingly/apparently weird.
> 
> ~ lIr qIj
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