tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Wed Feb 24 00:51:26 1999

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Re: qama'

In a message dated 2/23/1999 11:34:02 PM US Mountain Standard Time, writes:

<< Meanwhile, I can't be sure of this because while Okrand revealed 
 a lot about STATEMENTS using verbs like {Dab} and {ghoS}, he 
 didn't address QUESTIONS using these verbs. Likely, it is an 
 arbitrary point. It could go either way, though I'm sure 
 Klingons have a preference.
  When was the last time you declared something like this and 
 people agreed? >>


Hardly ever, but I'm still confident that I'm right on this one.

While we're at it:  the correct question would be {nuq DaghoS}.  "What are you
approaching?"  Use the direct object.  The only reason we speakers of English
even consider "Where are you going?" probably needing a locative-type question
and matching answer is that we think of {ghoS}'s having other meanings besides
"approaches."  "Goes to" includes a prepositional word in English.  But, look
at the verb as one unit, not as a verb plus a prepostion.

Can we say {nuqDaq DaghoS?} without merely being redundant.  After all, using 
{-Daq} after the verb {ghoS} is "somewhat redundant, but not out and out
wrong." (TKD p28)  The answer still would not require a locative construction.
If the answer did include {-Daq}, the answer would be "somewhat redundant, but
not out and out wrong."  Reading TKD p69, I get the feeling that {nuqDaq}
questions and {-Daq} answers mean the action takes place at that location.


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