[tlhIngan Hol] does {-be'} negate the {-vIp} taboo?

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Thu Apr 8 05:58:56 PDT 2021

On 4/8/2021 6:14 AM, Lieven L. Litaer wrote:
> "The first word above might be used after an enemy challenged the
> bravery of the speaker. "
> "The second might be followed by an explanation such as, 'We are not
> willing to kill you because we require your services.'"
> "The third word would be used to emphasize killing, as opposed to some
> other form of punishment." 

These explanations are the key. The translations not only say what the 
sentences /mean;/ these explanations show how a Klingon might 
legitimately use the sentences. They are context. There is no whiff of 
taboo mentioned in these canonical descriptions of how to use these 

The taboo is not simply the combination of certain syntactic elements. 
The taboo is in admitting fear using certain syntactic elements. If 
you're not admitting fear or appearing to do so, there is no taboo.


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