tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Tue Aug 20 13:07:28 2002
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From: "Stephan Schneider" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > > >reH latlh qabDaq qul tuj law' Hoch tuj puS.
> >Apparently the /Hoch/ is greatly shortened from
> >... Hoch qabDaq qul ...
> the fire is hottest on someone else's face, it's not "hotter" but
> "hottest". there are at least two ways of interpretation:
> 1. there is nothing hotter than _fire_
> 2. there is nothing hotter than _the fire on someone else's face_
> in the first case it seems that the locative noun-phrase /latlh
> qabDaq/ describes the whole rest of the sentence. in this case, you
> couldn't find anything hotter than fire, when you look at someone
> else's face.
> in the second case /latlh qabDaq qul/ must be a noun-phrase. it's
> "the fire on someone else's face". i think the latter interpretation
> is better.
> can this be correct?
No. You can't have a Type 5 suffix on the first noun of a noun-noun
construction. You can't say */qabDaq qul/ "fire on the face."