[tlhIngan Hol] {-meH}ed nouns with {-chuq}

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Wed May 6 08:52:36 PDT 2020

On 5/6/2020 11:29 AM, Will Martin wrote:
> The thing to add to this that hasn’t been mentioned yet is that {-meH} 
> clauses, especially when they modify nouns, are the closest thing 
> Klingon has to an infinitive form of the verb. [...] Also, for 
> {ja’chuqmeH rojHom}, the {-chuq} is not so much to functioning to 
> imply a plural subject for {ja’} as it is to make {ja’} have the 
> meaning “discuss, confer” instead of “tell”. 

This is quite right. It's actually a lesson that can be generalized: in 
a sentence like *wo'rIvvaD quHDaj qawmoH Ha'quj,* the *-moH* is not so 
much functioning to rewrite the syntax of the entire sentence as it is 
to make *qaw* mean /remind/ instead of /remember/. *qawmoH* is the 
Klingon word for /remind,/ even if its grammar is different than English 


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