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Re: KLBC challenge

From: William H. Martin <>

>On Fri, 2 Jul 1999 11:13:40 -0400 David Trimboli
><> wrote:
>> >That is better than my "Everywhere, is honor" and your sentence
>> >which can be translated either as "Everywhere, honor is," or
>> >"Honor is everywhere," [LITERALLY, since that interpretation
>> >uses {Dat} as the direct object instead of the locative.]


>> While I certainly agree that {Dat batlh tu'lu'} is the best sentence,
>> there's nothing wrong with {Dat 'oH batlh'e'}.  What's the grammatical
>> difference between that and, say, {nuqDaq 'oH puchpa''e'}?
>I don't disagree with any of this, though I honestly think
>{nuqDaq 'oH puchpa''e'} was probably written by Okrand before he
>invented the use of {tu'lu'} and if the earlier example wasn't
>so widely accepted, he'd probabaly say {nuqDaq puchpa' tu'lu'}
>or even more agressively Klingon {nuqDaq puchpa' vItu'laH}.

That's an interesting theory.  It's entirely theoretical, of course.
"Okrand would've used this."  wejpuH.

>> {Dat} is not a
>> direct object because (a) I'd hesitate to call a noun in front of any
>> pronoun an object of any kind (though pronouns do have subjects),
>tlhIngan maH.
>So, what grammatical role would you ascribe to the word
>{tlhIngan} in this widely known canon example?


Me Tarzan.

What grammatical role would you ascribe to the word "Tarzan" in this widely
known example?

>The ONLY examples that I can
>recall of pronouns having subjects but not objects are the
>examples talking about where something is, and pretty much all
>of those examples could be rewritten with {tu'lu'} and probably
>sound better, avoiding the English fixation on the verb "to be".

On the other hand, one might want to avoid your fixation on the word
{tu'lu'}.  The word is just fine, but your way isn't the only way.

>> and (b)
>> {Dat} never takes a Type 5 noun suffix anyway.
>While this is true, it is also true that it is quite acceptable
>to use {Dat} as a noun, not necessarily as a locative.

Quite correct, but you said "'Honor is everywhere' (LITERALLY, since that
interpretation uses {Dat} as the direct object instead of the locative)."
You failed to consider the possibility that {Dat} was used as a locative.

>> I have no problem with sentences like
>> meHDaq ghaHtaH HoD'e'.
>> pa'DajDaq ghaHtaH loDHom'e'.
>> nuqDaq 'oH puchpa''e'?
>> letlh retlhDaq 'oH puchpa''e'.
>While I don't have a PROBLEM with them, I don't see them as
>shining examples in any way superior to what they could have
>easily been:
>meHDaq HoD tu'lu'.
>pa'DajDaq loDHom tu'lu'.
>nuqDaq puchpa' tu'lu'?
>letlh retlhDaq puchpa' tu'lu'.

Again, I fail to see why what YOU consider to be the best sentence should be
touted and praised above something else.  If someone wants to say {meHDaq
ghaHtaH HoD'e'}, do you wince?  I say, more power to 'em!

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