[tlhIngan Hol] Just a short question about the word *be'*

André Müller esperantist at gmail.com
Sat Aug 14 12:24:49 PDT 2021

I think this is a coincidence as well.

By the way, a similar coincidence occurs in some Sino-Tibetan languages
where the word/prefix for ‘not’ is the same as the word or suffix for
‘mother/woman/female/older.sister’. In Burmese (which Okrand has studied at
least a bit), both affixe are written မ. The pronunciation is slightly
different: for the negation prefix it is /mə-/ and for the female suffix
it's /-má̰/.

I'm not saying that Okrand's study of Sino-Tibetan languages have
influenced Klingon here. It might really just be a coincidence.

— André aka Vortarulo

On Sat, Aug 14, 2021, 21:15 <luis.chaparro at web.de> wrote:

> > I haven't heard any such confirmation, and I strongly doubt there is
> supposed to be any connection between be' woman and -be' not. Sexist jokes
> are not Okrand's style.
> Thank you for your reply! I'm also sure there is no sexist joke intended
> by Okrand. I was rather thinking of some sort of Klingon cultural
> explanation or something like this. But it's good to know that you haven't
> heard of any connection, so the homonymy is (as it's often the case with
> languages) only coincidental.
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