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

D qunen'oS mihkoun at gmail.com
Sat Jul 16 07:35:00 PDT 2022

> If instead of {bIyIntaHvIS bIchul ’e’
> Da’aghta’} we had {bIchul ’e’ Da’aghta’
> bIyIntaHvIS}, would there be any
> difference?
> There is certainly a difference. You have
> moved the dependent clause to a
> different sentence, applying it to {'aghta'}
> instead of {chul}.

Thanks for replying.

I think I understand your comment, but I can't *feel* what the
(considerable) difference between the two is.

bIyIntaHvIS bIchul ’e’ Da’aghta’
while you were living you were wise; you displayed that

bIchul ’e’ Da’aghta’ bIyIntaHvIS
you were wise; while you were living you displayed that

Meaning-wise I can't *feel* any significant difference.

> It also seems odd style to have a V-
> taHvIS providing context for a V-ta', but I
> suppose it works

I'm afraid I don't understand this. Why would that be odd?

Ζεὺς ἦν, Ζεὺς ἐστίν, Ζεὺς ἔσσεται· ὦ μεγάλε Ζεῦ
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