[tlhIngan Hol] expressing "especially"

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Oct 14 14:11:26 PDT 2021

Thalaron radiation research was banned by the Federation, but pursued in the Romulan Star Empire (most notably by Shinzon of Remus).  Cf. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Thalaron_radiation and https://memory-beta.fandom.com/wiki/Thalaron_radiation for details.

In “Star Trek Nemesis” (which I happened to see only a couple of weeks ago) the crew of the Enterprise were alarmed when their sensors detected thalaron radiation before they knew of the existence of Shinzon’s ship “Scimitar” IIRC.


From: tlhIngan-Hol <tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org> On Behalf Of SuStel

On 10/14/2021 11:28 AM, Will Martin wrote:

Second, since you must be speaking from the future Trek Universe where thalaron and Remans exist In THAT Universe, your message might be read by a Reman, for whom the weapon isn’t alien. If the listener isn’t Reman and hears you say it’s a Reman weapon, of course, it’s an alien weapon, right? Why state the obvious? Why be so redundant?

"It's an alien weapon, used especially by the Remans" isn't redundant. The first part tells you that its origin isn't us, and the second part tells you who uses it most.

HIvmeH tlhoS tlhalaron woj lo’ rIymuSnganpu’ neH.

Or perhaps:

nuH lo’meH tlhoS tlheylaran woj wIv rIymuSnganpu’ neH.

Except it's not that only the Remans use it; they are just especially identified with it.



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