[tlhIngan Hol] Introducing oneself in Klingon: Beginner's question

De'vID de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com
Wed Dec 29 01:05:59 PST 2021

On Wed, 29 Dec 2021 at 07:52, James Landau <savegraduation at yahoo.com> wrote:

> I believe that in Klingon, "Hi, I'm Jim Miller" would be *Jim Miller jIH*

Correct. There's no "hi" or "hello" in Klingon.

> and "Hello, my name is Kate Stewart" would be *Kate Stewart pongwIj*. Am I
> correct?

This would very probably be understood, and might even be accepted as
correct "clipped Klingon", but the non-clipped, grammatically
uncontroversial version would be: {Kate Stewart 'oH pongwIj'e'}.

I'm not aware of any examples of the pronoun and {-'e'} being dropped in a
copula construction in clipped Klingon, except when the subject is a
question word. ({Dochvam nuq} from Conversational Klingon looks like it is
the clipped form of {Dochvam 'oH nuq'e'}, even though the grammar isn't
explained explicitly.)

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