tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Tue Mar 01 23:10:10 1994

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Re: KLBC "Parrot"

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----- When I parsed out that last sentence I got;

jatlhlaHlaw'bogh : which is seemingly able to speak
Ha'DIbaH	 : animal
'oH		 : it (pronoun)
Sajvam'e'	 : this Pet (Topic)

I beleive this translates to "This pet is an animal which is seemingly
able to speak."  If I got that right,  why is the pronoun 'oH needed here?

Why not;  jatlhlaHlaw' Ha'DIbah Sajvam'e'

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Because of the way Klingon constructs copulative sentences.
(Wipe that snicker off your face, and look it up in your Funk &
Wagnall's!)  See TKD 6.3, pp. 67-68.

OTOH, on the assumption that a Saj has to be a Ha'DIbaH, you
could just say
     jatlhlaHlaw' Sajvam
and be done with it.

- marqem

                         Mark A. Mandel 
    Dragon Systems, Inc. : speech recognition : +1 617 965-5200 
  320 Nevada St. :  Newton, Mass. 02160, USA : [email protected]

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