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Re: RE: KLBC : revised bang bom mu'

>>tIqwIjvaD qaDuQmoH - "I cause my heart to stab you"
>This one is not at all obvious.  It seems to me that it has a much stronger
>chance of meaning of "I cause you to stab for the benefit of my heart."

ja' charghwI':
>When I think about the way Okrand has used {-moH} on transitive
>verbs, this fits the pattern. The subject of verb+moH is the
>agent of causation. The indirect object is the agent of the
>root verb's action and the direct object is the direct object of
>the root verb's action.

Yes, it fits the pattern.  I don't deny that pagh's sentence *can* be
interpreted with the desired meaning.  I just think it calls out more
strongly for the alternate interpretation I pointed out.

>The interpretation you are now giving matches the one most of us
>had before seeing Okrand's one example and we generally
>abandoned that interpretation and took on the newer one.
>Meanwhile, you were one of the first people saying that the new
>way made sense.

I think it's a matter of conflicting with the "prefix trick".  Using a
second-person object on a transitive verb plus {-moH} just triggers
too many patterns in my brain simultaneously, and the wrong one comes
through most clearly when I look at this example.

>I think this reads as "I cause my heart to stab you." I also
>happen to think that is gibberish, but that is the way I'd sort
>out the subject, object, causative agent, etc.

After I "work out" the intended grammar, I can hear it either way with
neither interpretation really calling out any louder than the other.
But the immediate meaning I get isn't the one pagh was trying to give.

-- ghunchu'wI'

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