tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Thu Aug 15 05:37:32 2002
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Re: tlhIngan Hol lujatlhbogh puq'e'
>From: "Stephan Schneider" <email@example.com>
>> >toghmeH jav Hol'e' Ebben wIghojmoH. 'ach toghmeH neH; jav Hol
>> how can you add /jav Hol'e'/ without claiming that it's the object of
>> /ghojmeH/? this is a focus-object-verb sentence. i didn't know this
>> was possible.
>jav Hol'e' *Ebben* wIghojmoH.
>"Regarding six languages, we teach Ebben."
>/jav Hol'e'/ is the topic of the sentence. We have a little verification of
>this kind of usage from Star Trek V:
>qIbDaq SuvwI''e' SoH Dun law' Hoch Dun puS.
>You would be the greatest warrior in the galaxy.
>"In the galaxy, regarding warriors, you are the most wonderful of all."
so /'e'/ can be a case tag. i wasn't aware of that. i remember that
one said that there can be confusion about focus and topic... i think
now i understand it better: /'e'/ can be either a case tag for a
focus or a topicalizer (that is not a case tag). qar'a'?