[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: taq'ev

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Oct 12 08:13:38 PDT 2022

Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Klingon word: 	taq'ev
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	Take'ev (city or region)

(KGT 22):  Speaking in a manner that is sort of between that of the Krotmag region and {ta' Hol} are the peoples of Tak'ev ({taq'ev}), who, though still a minority population, greatly outnumber the residents of Krotmag. These people maintain the distinction between /b/ and /m/ but pronounce the /b/ as if it were /mb/; that is, starting off as the /m/ sound but ending up at a /b/.  Similarly, /D/ is pronounced more like /nD/ (or, more accurately, /ND/).  Thus {ba'} ("sit") would be pronounced more like {mba'};  {Hub} ("defend") would sound like {Humb};  {Du'} ("farm") would be {NDu'};  {HoD} ("captain") would be {HoND};  and {Dub" ("improve") would be {NDumb}.  The nasal vowel quality found in the Krotmag region is characteristic of Tak'ev speech as well.

... and speaking of accents:

(De'vID < MO, 1/16/2019):  the word for pronounce is {qol}. You’d use this, for example, to ask how to pronounce a word:  {chay’ mu’vam qollu’?} "How is this word pronounced?"  {qol} refers to articulation; it does not mean pronounce in the sense of proclaim, declare, decree.

(De'vID < MO, 2/17/2018):  TKD glosses {QIch} as "speech (vocal sounds)". The notation (vocal sounds) is intended to denote that 'speech' here means the phenomenon of speech as opposed to an address or oration – that’s {SoQ}.  So {QIch} doesn’t refer to individual speech sounds or speech sounds collectively. An individual speech sound is {QIch wab} and speech sounds collectively are {QIch wabmey}. Pronunciation could be {QIch wab Ho’DoS}, more literally (but awkwardly) "speech-sound manner, speech-sound technique".

(De'vID < MO, 2/25/2018):  An accent might be {QIch wab Ho’DoS Sar} "pronunciation variety". A regional accent would then be {Sep QIch wab Ho’DoS} or {Sep QIch wab Sar} or {Sep QIch wab Ho’DoS Sar}. (Dialect, by the way, would be {Hol Sar}; regional dialect is {Sep Hol Sar}.) 

(De'vID < MO, 1/16/2019):  To say {QIch wab Ho'DoS Sar vIQoy} "I hear an accent" (with no further information or context) would be odd since everyone speaks with an accent;  {QIch wab Ho'DoS Sar Huj vIQoy} "I hear a strange accent" is fine. (Of course, {QIch wab Ho'DoS Sar Huj vIQoy} could also mean I hear strange accents — also fine.)  <…>  A singular interpretation of {QIch wab Ho'DoS} is possible if the intent is to say that someone's pronunciation exhibited different varieties — different accents: {QIch wab Ho'DoS Sar vIQoy} "I hear a varied pronunciation", a pronunciation with different or inconsistent features. But this is unusual, something only somebody like Henry Higgins would say, and would probably be made clear by context. 

Qotmagh QIch wab Ho'DoS Sar  
Krotmag accent  (De'vID < MO, 1/16/2019 - for example)

Hol Sar 			dialect (n)
Sep Hol Sar 		regional dialect (n)

QIch wab  		individual speech sound (n)
QIch wab Ho’DoS  	pronunciation (n)

wab poD 		consonant (n)
wab naQ 		vowel (n)
'InDogh 		syllable (n)
Ho'DoS  		system, method, manner, technique (n)

ARCHER: Universal translator. Did you update the database? 
HOSHI:    It's been programmed with seven Klingon dialects. 
ARCHER: Let's hope this guy speaks one of them. (ENT “Augments”)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary or notes from the last 
    year or two. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files.

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