[tlhIngan Hol] {SoH rallaw' law' Hoch rallaw' puS}

De'vID de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com
Sun Feb 6 00:44:00 PST 2022

This sentence came up in a discussion on Discord. Here's the snippet of
what Dr. Okrand said about it when I asked him while going through the
paq'batlh together:

p. 127: rallaw'
> {SoH rallaw' law' Hoch rallaw' puS}
> This sentence seems to introduce new grammar, so I just wanted to make
> sure it was correct. Is this sentence a demonstration that, in a comparison
> construction, the verb of quality can take type-6 suffixes? (Previously, we
> were told that the verbs {law'} and {puS} could take the suffix {-be'}, but
> I didn't find any other instances of verb suffixes in such constructions.)
> >>> It’s probably fine, but I think I’d prefer something like {chaq SoH
> ral law’ Hoch ral puS} or {ghaytan SoH ral law’ Hoch ral puS ’e’ vIQub} or
> something along those lines. Or see below.
> Can type-6 suffixes be added to the {law'}/{puS}? Would *{SoH ral law'law'
> Hoch ral puSlaw'} be meaningful or just ungrammatical?
> *>>> *Yes. In fact, {SoH ral law’law’ Hoch ral puSlaw’} is preferable to
> what’s in there now.

In the 2ed, that sentence will be changed to {SoH ral law’law’ Hoch ral

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