[tlhIngan Hol] thoughts on the perfective {-pu'}

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Sat Jul 16 13:34:03 PDT 2022

On 7/16/2022 4:01 PM, Will Martin wrote:
> So, since there’s no {bIchultaH} in the sentence, we’re not really 
> saying much in terms of the duration of Kahless being wise. At some 
> point while he was living, he was wise, at least once. Maybe several 
> times. Maybe a lot of times, but certainly not continuously.

That's not how *-taH* works. You don't need *-taH* on a quality verb 
that has its quality for more than a moment. *bIchul* doesn't mean you 
were wise in one instance. It means you have the quality of wisdom and 
doesn't say anything about how long you had that quality. To say 
*bIchultaH,* on the other hand, is to say that you have the quality of 
wisdom for an ongoing period. *bIyIntaHvIS bIchul* could mean you are 
wise some or all of the time you are alive. You might be wise 
occasionally or constantly. *bIyIntaHvIS bIchultaH* would almost always 
be interpreted as saying that you are wise throughout your life.

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