tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Wed Feb 24 11:06:47 1999

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Re: SIv (Re: Hello)

On Wed, 24 Feb 1999 00:19:21 -0800 (PST) 

> In a message dated 2/23/1999 12:17:08 PM US Mountain Standard Time,
> writes:
> << Until then, likely it is okay to use the {'e' SIv} to mean 
>  "wonder if",  >>
> Such discoveries prove to me that the glosses in TKD and KGT are not wholly
> explained the first time through.  I still have a feeling we will find out
> that more verbs include, at least partially, concepts beyond the simple gloss.
> {SIv} does not say "wonder if" or "wonder whether."  We will probably find out
> that many other verbs have additional, peripheral words that go well with them
> in English but are not necessary in Klingon.
> peHruS

In the last issue of HolQeD, Okrand openly discusses this. He 
states that the best way to learn the proper way to use words is 
through examining usage.

In general, my approach has been to work with the best 
information available. If a gloss definition suggests one thing, 
I work with that one thing. If usage subsequently suggests 
something else, I adjust. {Dub} is a good example. Everyone 
assumed it was intransitive. From a couple canon examples, it 
appears to be ONLY tansitive with no likely intransitive meaning.

Later we may discover that it also has an intransitive meaning.

We adapt. We do not presume, if we can avoid it.

charghwI' 'utlh

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