tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Fri Feb 22 21:51:33 2002

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Re: agentive -wI'

jatlh Voragh:

>Dajatlhbogh vIyajlaHbe'
>I find no match for what you just said. (KCD .wav file)

Not having KCD, this is the first time I have seen this sentence, and I find 
it unusual. Literally translated, I get "I cannot understand (implicit: "the 
sentence") which you say". In my mind, it seems that <<Dajatlhbogh>> has 
been (semi-) nominalised with no supporting suffix.

My question is: Is this just a result of Dr Okrand directly translating "I 
can't understand what you are saying" into English and forcing "what" into 
the realm of the relative <<-bogh>>, which we know is less productive than 
the English relative pronouns; or is there some deeper force at work here?

Either way, I've been enlightened as to a way of translating "speech" 
without using the dreaded <<-ghach>>. :)

Qapla' 'ej Satlho'


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