[tlhIngan Hol] using ordinals on their own

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Fri Apr 29 06:10:25 PDT 2022

On 4/29/2022 8:03 AM, D qunen'oS wrote:
> Suppose I write:
> maghwI' ghaH Haw'bogh wa'DIch'e'
> the first who flees is a traitor
> Would it be correct?

Here is the evidence in favor:

1. TKD flat out tells us "Numbers are used as nouns." Ordinals are 
numbers. Therefore, it is not unreasonable to suppose that ordinals can 
be used as nouns.

2. The word *cha'DIch* is used as a noun to refer to one's "second" 
during legal proceedings when the accused is not allowed personal combat.

3. /paq'batlh/ uses *cha'DIch* as well as the other ordinals from 
*wa'DIch* through *vaghDIch* as adverbials, so it is canonically known 
that the ordinals can act in ways other than just modifying nouns.

Given these, I have no qualms about using *wa'DIch* or any ordinal as a 
noun the way you have.

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