[tlhIngan Hol] Canonical word for "Lithuania" (with uncertain spelling)

Lieven L. Litaer levinius at gmx.de
Sat Dec 31 00:30:26 PST 2022


Thanks loghaD for sharing this. I've added it to the wiki for future

Regarding the pronunciation, I clearly hear {lIyetu'va} from Okrand.
Also, that is the closest to what the orignal name of the country is:
Lietuva [lʲɪɛtʊˈvɐ],

When doing so, I noticed something I didn't understand, the final
phrase. What so you hear there?

Sounds to me like
Hop lIyetu'pu'vaD lop qImroq lutIvjaj.

It's possible that Okrand made a small mistake here. A form that would
make sense is this:
{Hopbogh lIyetu'vapu' lop qImroq lutIvjaj}
"May the remote Lithuanians enjoy the celebration season."

Also, the sentence order is weird, but as it's a toast, who cares?

Enjoy your New Year's Eve!

batlh DIS chu' botaghjaj!

Am 30.12.2022 um 17:01 schrieb Felix Malmenbeck via tlhIngan-Hol:
> Hey y'all!
> The US Embassy in Vilnius recently posted an interview with Marc Okrand,
> in which he spoke a few phrases, including a word for "Lithuania":
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU-u9h0qP-I
> <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU-u9h0qP-I>
> The spelling of the word is not entirely clear: It sounds to me like
> *lIye'tu'va*, but I'm not at all certain about the qaghwI' after {ye},
> nor quite certain about the qaghwI'lessness after {va}.
> I figure we can let Marc enjoy his holidays without bombarding him with
> urgent demands for clarification, but we may want to make note of it for
> some opportune time.
> The other phrases used are fairly standard, but an interesting note is
> that he referes to "the celebration season" as {lop qImroq}, whereas I
> believe in previous canonical uses of {qImroq} only natural conditions
> have been used as distinctions. It may be a spontaneous translation, and
> it is referring to a Terran concept, but as somebody who's used {qImroq}
> this way myself, it'll be nice to go on doing so with a bit more confidence.
> //loghaD
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Lieven L. Litaer
aka the "Klingon Teacher from Germany"

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