tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Fri Feb 22 11:10:49 2002

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Re: agentive -wI'

On Thu, 21 Feb 2002, David Trimboli wrote:
> In a message once (I think it was republished in HolQeD), Marc Okrand stated
> that entries in TKD like /ghojmoH/ were included because when people used
> the English-Klingon part of the dictionary, they'd look for words like
> "teach," but wouldn't think of looking for "learn" to find it.  Since they
> existed in the English-Klingon part of the dictionary, they were also
> included in the Klingon-English part.

I don't have a line to MO, but perhaps it could be suggested that in
future editions "ghojmoH" should be written in the K->E side of the
dictionary as "ghoj*moH", where the "*" is the vertically centered
small dot, and indicates that it is an affixed word.  This would be
similar to a German->E dictionary writing a verb with a separable
prefix as "pre*verb".  The entirety is a different verb to a German,
same as "ghojmoH" is (or may be) to a Klingon, but it's obvious how
it's derived.
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