[tlhIngan Hol] expressing baby animals

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Sun Nov 28 06:54:56 PST 2021

Regarding hyphens:In English, the hyphen used this way represents a genitive relationship. In Klingon, the genitive relationship is automatic in the noun-noun construction, so unnecessary. I've got no objection if you want to punctuate this way, but it is redundant. And you'll probably want to justify why you hyphenate vIghro'-ghu but not tlhIngan-Hol, and so on.Hyphenation in this manner makes sense as a way to distinguish genitive constructions from other nouns placed side by side. But I don't know if you would want to do it all the time. 
-------- Original message --------From: mayqel qunen'oS <mihkoun at gmail.com> Date: 11/28/21  9:25 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: tlhIngan Hol mailing list <tlhingan-hol at kli.org> Subject: [tlhIngan Hol] expressing baby animals I remember having talked about this in the past without reaching a conclusion.Anyways, I just decided that until we get a Ca'Non way to express this (yeah right, as if that's ever gonna happen..) I'll be using {Ha'DIbaH-ghu} like this:{vIghro'-ghu} for "kitten"{ngavyaw'-ghu} for "puppy"{bo'Degh-ghu} for whatever the hell you call baby birds in english.Of course one could ask "but why don't say the opposite? i.e. {ghu-vIghro'}?".I thought of this possibility, and to be honest I can't feel much of a difference between a "cat baby" and a "baby cat", but perhaps being influenced from the Ca'Non {DI'raq loD}/{DI'raq be'}, which perhaps have nothing to do with the matter at hand, I prefer the {vIghro'-ghu} more. Let alone that the {vIghro'-ghu} is closer to the "baby of the cat" meaning. True, I could write just {vIghro' ghu} but I like the dash variety better.Of course, in a couple of months, I may have forgotten what I wrote today and write {ghu-vIghro'}. Or {vIghro' ghu}. Go figure.And yes, I know that perhaps klingon doesn't do dashes between words, but as you well know I don't give a crap. I couldn't care less. No, seriously, if I cared any less I could die.Just wanted to let you know.--Dana'an https://sacredtextsinklingon.wordpress.com/Ζεὺς ἦν, Ζεὺς ἐστίν, Ζεὺς ἔσσεται· ὦ μεγάλε Ζεῦ
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