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Re: grammer question



From: "Steven Boozer" <sboozer@midway.uchicago.edu>
> DOOM_er asks:
>
> >Can I say /lIvan tugh Heghbogh loDpu'/ or is that grammatically
incorrect?
>
> Since you asked the entire list, I'll comment before the BG as I recognize
> the quotation:
>
>    Morituri te salutari.
>    "Those who are about to die salute you."
>
> >In other words, can the /tugh/ be there?
>
> Unfortunately, no.  Klingon syntax is fairly rigid.  Adverbials go before
> the entire OVS string, even if it contains a relative clause.


Err . . . he did put /tugh/ before the entire OVS string -- the OVS of
/Heghbogh loDpu'/.

His noun phrase is /tugh Heghbogh loDpu'/: "men who will soon die."  His
whole sentence is

lIvan [tugh Heghbogh loDpu'].
[Men who will soon die] salute you.

I see no problem with this.  We have seen plenty of evidence that Klingon
treats verbs and sentences as basically the same thing.

SuStel
Stardate 2653.1


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