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Re: qep'a' pa' qoch vInej

On Tue, 16 Feb 1999 16:12:32 -0800 (PST) 

> In a message dated 2/16/1999 9:00:39 AM US Mountain Standard Time,
> writes:
> << Don't we have the phrase /cha'vatlh ben HIq/ from canon somewher >>
> I believe we do have such a phrase.  All numbers over ten (-maH) have spaces
> in them.  Perhaps there is no consistency.
> peHruS

I think there are inconsistencies and they don't bother me all 
that much. I doubt that it is either RIGHT or WRONG to include 
spaces or exclude them in numbers. Our writing system for 
Klingon is based upon the verbal sounds of the language and 
until we know exactly how Klingons write Klingon (which we 
probably will never know), we will never know absolutely where 
the spaces are (if the even USE spaces).

In TKD, Okrand speaks of "number forming elements". And I KNOW 
that it is NOT the case that "all numbers over ten {-maH} have 
spaces in them. {cha'maH} is over ten and has no spaces.

I generally tend to make numbers out of syllable pairs that 
include a power of ten preceeded by the syllable telling how 
many of those units are in use. It works smoothly and seems to 
follow what Okrand usually does with numbers.


wa''uy' cha'bIp wejnetlh loSSaD vaghvatlh javmaH Soch.

Anybody have a problem with that?

charghwI' 'utlh

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