[tlhIngan Hol] only spartan women give birth to real men

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Tue Nov 17 11:09:21 PST 2020

This is not a great translation, no matter how you look at it, though I suspect that the exchange is not:

“Why should we care about humans fighting each other?”
“I obviously remember it because honor is important."

It’s closer to:

“So, humans fight each other. Why do we care?”

“Because honor is important. I obviously remember that." 

It’s ugly, either way, but the {-mo’} part makes more sense as an answer to the previous question, instead of as a dependent clause for the main clause that follows it.

Anyway, I concede the point. Canon proves me wrong again.

charghwI’ vaghnerya’ngan

rInpa’ bomnIS be’’a’ pI’.

> On Nov 17, 2020, at 1:49 PM, SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name> wrote:
> On 11/17/2020 1:43 PM, Lieven L. Litaer wrote:
>> Am 17.11.2020 um 19:09 schrieb Will Martin: 
>>> While I understand that it’s common in English and perhaps other human 
>>> languages to answer a “Why?” question with a dependent clause starting 
>>> with “Because”, I’m curious as to whether or not we can assume the same 
>>> is true in Klingon. 
>> We have a clear canon example for this in Star Trek Into Darkness: 
>> Klingon: 
>> {toH, Hey Humanpu'. qatlh DISaH?} 
>> "Why should I care about a human killing humans?" 
>> Uhura: 
>> {potlhmo' batlh, vIqawba'.} 
>> "Because you care about honor." 
> I don't get what the vIqawba' is doing here. If it means what it looks like it means, I obviously remember it, then this is not a subordinate clause lacking a main clause.
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