[tlhIngan Hol] action based language

Lieven L. Litaer levinius at gmx.de
Mon Nov 9 12:28:22 PST 2020

Am 09.11.2020 um 21:13 schrieb Steven Boozer:
> Lieven (aka our "Klingon Teacher from Germany"), have you noticed a
> similar fixation on missing nouns by German-speaking newbies?

Yes, that's what I wrote in my initial message, where I said that many
Terran languages have that problem.

As a side note, I was not focussing on verbs that can be used as nouns
nouns, such as "drink" or "sleep". The obervation was a lot more that
people tend to use "real" nouns which describe an action. Here are ome
examples that we would be able to translate using verbs:

"What is the definition of xyz?"
--> "how is xyz defined"

"What is your preferation?"
--> What do your prefer?

"My intention is to..."
--> "I intend to..."

"This is my final decision."
--> I have decided.

"The Exploration of space..."
--> "to explore space..."

"The preparation of the food is complete"
--> "I have finished cooking"

And so one. I'm sure there are more cases like this, where we would
recast this using a verb.

And then, suddenly, I just remembered a nice canon example:
   "My death sentence was commuted"
   {vImuHlu' net wuqHa'.} (ENT)

THERE! noun --> verb
(I'll check if I find more canon proof for this.)

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

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