[tlhIngan Hol] non-ovs elements before the second {-bogh} of a {-bogh}'ed noun

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Tue May 10 19:34:04 PDT 2022

While what you’ve written is grammatically correct, it is ambiguous without context. It could be a Romulan probe which seeks and sometimes kills. It could be a probe that seeks and sometimes kills Romulans. In the canon example, we know that it’s a probe associated with Romulans. It’s not a probe that kills Romulans. The story that included the quote gave us that context.

If we had not had any context, the original could have meant a probe that hunts and kills Romulans. The original was ambiguous in terms of the grammar, but context made it clear.


charghwI’ ‘utlh
(ghaH, ghaH, -Daj)

> On May 10, 2022, at 8:09 AM, D qunen'oS <mihkoun at gmail.com> wrote:
> I don't think this could be wrong, but I'll ask anyway to make certain.
> We have the Ca'Non:
> romuluSngan Sambogh 'ej Hoghbogh nejwI'
> If I remember correctly, charghwI' once wrote that it isn't "a probe which locates and kills Romulans", but rather "a probe of the Romulans which hunts and kills".
> But let's assume that the meaning is "a probe which locates and kills Romulans". Suppose I write:
> romuluSngan Sambogh 'ej rut Hoghbogh nejwI'
> probe which locates and occasionally kills romulans
> Would it be correct? Could we place a non-ovs element before the second {-bogh} of a {-bogh}'ed noun?
> (Which in this case is an adverb, but could also be a time stamp, and/or a locative).
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