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Re: A -moH suggestion

ja' SuStel:
>There's absolutely no funny business going on here.  It's all by the book,
>no additional grammar necessary.

I would be happy to agree, were it not for the {Ha'quj} sentence.  You seem
willing to dismiss it as a valid example of usage.  I'd rather use it as a
window into the way Klingon grammar works when {-moH} appears on a verb
which already has an object.

>Again, just look at basics, and stop
>trying to leap about the root verb.

I'm unable to grasp those two commands simultaneously.  The root verb *is*
the basis for the sentence, is it not?  I think it's a lot more basic to
treat the verb suffix {-moH} as a modifier than to grok it as creating a
new concept.

>There are no issues of ditransitivity
>at all if you look at verb+moH as just another verb.

I *can* look at it that way, but it seems so much simpler not to.  The
{Ha'quj} example presents us with a perfectly adequate resolution to the
ditransitivity issue which agrees completely with the way a similar issue
was resolved with {pong}.

>Yes, Verb+moH really
>IS Verb+moH, but the CONCEPT of Verb+moH is different than the concept of
>Verb, and th concept of Verb+moH is a single entity.

maQoch.  I just don't get the feeling that {-moH} manages to meld with the
verb to make a new concept.


'ej, rInDI' Hoch, ram.  majatlh 'e' wImevbe'.  mayajchuq 'e' wImevbe'.
maghoH 'e' wItaHmoHchugh, potlh wIta'be'.  chaq ghojwI'pu' DItungmo', DaH
jIngach 'e' vImev.

-- ghunchu'wI' 'utlh

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