[tlhIngan Hol] vabDot referring to the {-'e'}d noun

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Fri Feb 25 05:57:14 PST 2022

On 2/25/2022 8:18 AM, mayqel qunen'oS wrote:
> Let's remember the Ca'Non example:
> HaqwI''e' DaH yISam
> Find the SURGEON now!  (TKD)
> And now let's forget it.
> I want to say "locate even the humans". So I write:
> Human'e' vabDot tISam
> Can this mean too "locate even the humans"? Or is the only possible 
> interpretation "even locate the humans"?

Adverbials typically apply their meaning to entire clauses, not just a 
noun or a verb in a clause. *vabDot* means that the clause it's attached 
to is additional information that is surprising or counterintuitive. 
*vabDot Human tISam* means: locate the humans; this order may be 
surprising or counterintuitive. *Human'e' vabDot tISam* means: locate 
the humans, as opposed to someone else; this order may be surprising or 

So if you can describe in full detail what the difference between 
/locate even the humans/ and /even locate the humans/ is, then you can 
determine whether the Klingon means either or both of those.

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