[tlhIngan Hol] -chuq and -wI' meaning

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Nov 13 07:52:46 PST 2020

E.g. elevated or technical jargon like “interlocutor” or “co-respondent” (the legal term).


From: SuStel
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2020 9:11 AM

On 11/13/2020 10:06 AM, mayqel qunen'oS wrote:


"This suffix is used only with plural subjects."


Dach wa' ja'chuqwI'

jIyajbe'; reH cha' SeSor ghajnISchugh {-chuq}, vaj chay' wa' nuv neH

boplaH {ja'chuqwI'} ?

ja'chuqwI' isn't a verb, it's a noun. A noun does not have subjects. You have to think of it this way: if it were a verb, it would have a plural subject, but it's been turned into a noun, so those plural subjects are only conceptual.

One would be perfectly justified in declaring a word like this iffy and complex and in deciding not to use it. But it seems quite sensible to me.
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