tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Thu Feb 21 13:50:52 2002
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- From: "Sean M. Burke" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: agentive -wI'
- Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 11:50:35 -0700
I've got a wee question about -wI'. In The Klingon Dictionary, I see
examples of it which are all of the form VERBROOT-wI'. However, can one
have other verb affixes?
To take the ever popular theme of killing (HoH) as an example, could these
?HoHta'wI' -- he/she who has deliberately killed
?HoHpu'wI' -- he/she who has killed, but maybe not deliberately
?HoHlaHwI' -- he/she who could kill ("potential killer")
?HoHlaHta'wI' -- he/she who may have killed, deliberately
?HoHlu'wI' -- he/she who is killed
?HoHmoHwI' -- he/she who causes killings
?HoHrupwI' -- he/she who is ready to kill
?HoHeghwI' -- he/she who kills himself
And just maybe some shade of meaning could be imparted by pronoun prefixes,
a` la Iroquois semi-nominals?
DughojmoHwI' - he/she who teaches you(singlular)
And while we're at it, what's "teacher"? ghojmoHwI'? Would that argue for
allowing -wI' with other verb affixes, at least in lexicalized cases?
(Assuming "ghojmoH" is lexicalized.)
Sean M. Burke email@example.com http://www.spinn.net/~sburke/