[tlhIngan Hol] Noun-noun constructions with conjunctions

luis.chaparro at web.de luis.chaparro at web.de
Tue Nov 23 12:51:22 PST 2021

>> If the conjunction in a noun-noun construction comes at the end, the resulting expression is ambiguous, right?

>> *be' loD je paq* - *the book of the woman and the man*
>> *be' paq, juH qach je* - *the book and the house of the woman* or *the book of the woman and the house*

>> I suppose context will clarify and, if not, we could say something like *be' paq, juH qachDaj je* (*the book of the woman and her house*).
> Yes, context will clarify.

Ok, thank you!
>> But what about *'op* or *Hoch*? In my last text I wanted to say *Some organizations, shops and churchs*. I think in English like in Spanish or German you would probably understand that I mean *Some organizations, some shops and some churchs*, but if I say: *'op DIvI', malja', chIrgh je*, does it also work in Klingon or must I repeat *'op*: *'op DIvI', 'op malja', 'op chIrgh je*?
> It's also ambiguous. In English, and I assume in Spanish and German, some organizations, shops, and churches can mean some organizations, but also shops in general and churches in general, or it could mean some organizations, some shops, and some churches. In Klingon the 'op will do the same thing. If you want to be absolutely clear, repeat it.

I think the tendency in German and especially in Spanish would be to understand *some ..., some... and some...*, but yes, I was speaking about this ambiguity and the possibility that *'op* modifies all nouns. Thank you for clarifying!

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