tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Fri Feb 22 09:24:21 2002

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Re: agentive -wI'

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> HoHwI'wI' - "my killer".  Did I hire him to kill someone else, or did
> else hire him to kill me?
> muHoHwI' - "one that kills me".  Someone hired him to kill me.

This sort of thing only makes semantic sense when the subject of the
verb-that-isn't is third person.  The following example words would seem to
be nonsense:


The comparatively large number of these, combined with a restriction on
prefixes and /-ghach/ given to us by Okrand, are sufficient to convince me
that prefixes shouldn't be used on verbs with /-wI'/, even if you could
glean something sensical out of it.

Clarity of */muHoHwI'/ over /HoHwI'wI'/ is nice and all, but often the
ambiguous things are the ones that win.

Stardate 2145.4

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