[tlhIngan Hol] leS "days from now" and numbers on plural nouns and inherently plural nouns

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Thu Mar 11 12:34:28 PST 2021


On 3/11/2021 7:04 AM, mayqel qunen'oS wrote:
> The word {leS} was given as "days from now". Not "day/days from now".
>
> It *could* have been given though as "day from now", and noone would 
> even flinch at hearing {wej leS} because adding a plural suffix isn't 
> necessary. However, it was rather given as "days from now".
>
> And then we have the {wa'leS} for "tomorrow", which actually means 
> "one days from now". On the other hand though, people do not usually 
> say "one days from now"; they say "one day from now".
>
> So where am I going with all this?
>
> If we can say {wa'leS} for "one days from now", then how is it any 
> different from the following?
>
> wa' yaSpu'vam
> one of these officers
>
> wa' ghomvam
> one of this group
>
> wa' ray'vam
> one of these targets

But you're not suggesting that *wa'leS* means /one of these days from 
now, /so your other suggestions don't follow the same pattern.

You're reasoning from an English gloss, not the obvious Klingon meaning. 
We have these time words, *leS, Hu', ben, nem, waQ, wen, *which all work 
the same way: add a number to it, and it indicates a point in the future 
or past. The words represent a unit size.

So I reject your suggestions as ungrammatical and your reasoning as 
based on unnecessarily specific demands on the English glosses.

-- 
SuStel
http://trimboli.name

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