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Re: Why do type 6s come before type 7s?

mojaq Seghmey vIQIjmo' lab tulwI':

>the scope of tkd is to describe correctly spoken klingon. and i want
>to have descriptions of correctly spoken english. the fact is, that i
>don't like these descriptions. you do, ok. it's good that we
>compared. :)

One of the points I was trying to make with my English example is that the 
descriptions are irrelevant.  What is important is that your understanding 
of the language, regardless of how you express it, results in your 
producing grammatically correct Klingon.

Describing a language is like describing chess moves.  I say that a bishop 
can only move diagonally, you say that a bishop can only move in straight 
lines over squares of the same colour it started on.  I say that a knight 
moves two along and one to the side, you say a knight moves one to the side 
and two along.  Someone else doesn't even remember how to describe the 
moves, just knows which squares it is legal to place the chessman on.  The 
moves are identical, while we are playing I am unaware of how the other 
player thinks of the moves.

If your problem with TKD is that you don't UNDERSTAND the description 
presented, please ask about any aspect and the BG will give you 
examples.  In many cases we don't know how it works, the written 
description is all we have.  That is why we are so concerned about the 
exact descriptions.  We don't want to do anything that is not permitted.

What I strongly suggest, is that instead of posting your re-description of 
the language, post Klingon sentences based on your description of the 
language.  If you make a mistake you will be corrected -- using Okrand's 
description of the language -- and you can refine your own model.  

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