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Re: KLBC: chay' mu'meyvam lo'lu'?

In a message dated 1/29/2002 8:40:22 PM Mountain Standard Time, writes:

> ja' Voragh:
> >though I would drop one of the {puqpu'} since it's a short sentence:
> >
> >  ta' qIp 'e' ngIl puqvetlh!
> qatlh reH mu' wa'DIch Danop?  qech yajmeH laDwI' DaloSmoH.
> Voragh, you consistently suggest that the *first* noun be dropped.  Do you
> really find it simpler that way?  I'd much rather get the information early
> than to have to wait for the rest of the words before I can know what the
> first phrase is talking about.
> -- ghunchu'wI' 'utlh

Long ago Mark Shoulson taught me a new word in English:  analepsis.  He was 
referring to tlhIngan Hol's common usage of stating the subject of the 
sentence before using a pronoun later to recall it.  I hope I am 
understanding the meaning of this word.  Ever since then I have consciously 
used the subject explicitly in the first phrase of a complex sentence and 
referred back to it with a pronoun .

So, I thought this was not just a personal preference.  I thought it had been 
pointed out that tlhIngan Hol normally works this way.


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