[tlhIngan Hol] {law'} {puS} construction with {je} "too"

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Jun 3 08:06:59 PDT 2022

My first thought was simply to combine the two thoughts:

   yaS mang je yoH law' jagh yoH puS

... but I don't think we've ever seen two nouns compared with one noun.

We know that you can preface the law'/puS formula with a subordinate clause or time/place stamp.  Perhaps you can do it with an adverbial such as {vabDot} "moreover, furthermore, even, in addition":

  yaS yoH law' jagh yoH puS;  vabDot mang yoH law' jagh yoH puS.

... which makes the second comparison sound like an afterthought.

So far, SuStel's suggestion is the only one supported by canon.  We've seen -- only once AFAIK -- two law'/puS formulas used in one sentence connected by {'ej} :

  <DujvamDaq tlhIngan nuH tu'lu'bogh> pov law' Hoch pov puS
    'ej  <DujvamDaq 'op SuvwI' tu'lu'bogh> po' law' <tlhIngan yo' 
    SuvwI' law'> po' puS 
  It [IKC Pagh] has the best weapons and some of the finest
    warriors in the Klingon fleet. (S7)

I've <bracketed> the noun phrases being compared in this very complicated sentence.  Did you notice the extra {law'} in the third noun phrase?  


-----------------------------------Original Message-----------------------------------
From: tlhIngan-Hol On Behalf Of SuStel

On 6/3/2022 10:26 AM, D qunen'oS wrote:
> But how could we express the desired meaning in another way? How could 
> we say "the officer is braver than then enemy; the soldier is braver 
> than the enemy too"?

yaS yoH law' jagh yoH puS 'ej mang yoH law' jagh yoH puS.


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