tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Mon Mar 14 13:50:31 1994

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Infinitives and STVI?

I'll leave Matt's quest for infinitives for someone like Krankor
or ~mark to explain...

 > Also... I was watching STVI:TUC this weekend and was a bit
 > The scene where the crew is trying to "converse" with the Klingon
 > tracking station (while en-route to Rura Pente), the Klingon kept
 > saying something like "rheen" for "over"... what in the HECK was he
 > trying to say?  "rIn"?  Any clues?
 > Qapla'!
 > -majIq

But I'm glad you brought this up.  Yes, I believe it was "rIn" he was
saying.  This would be like saying "over" in English.
I noticed something else that ties in with that scene:
I was listening to PK the other day and wondered what the heck that
"regional dialect" stuff was all about.  Then I recalled what the
Klingon in that scene you mentioned had said, and it sounds a lot
like Okrand's example of regional dialect!  He said something like
"Dujvetz o nuq, rIn" (with no 'e' suffix on the nuq) instead of
"Dujvetlh 'oH nuq 'e', rIn".  Now I wonder if this was deliberate for
that particular character, or is Okrand just trying to explain some
really bad pronunciation?


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