tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Sat Jul 13 15:54:16 2002

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Re: 'e' Xlu' vs net X

qon SuStel:
>I can certainly agree that there are times when a language will have more
>than one tool to do something, but in this case declaring /'e' X-lu'/ to be
>identical to /net X/ would seem to make the whole word /net/ absolutely
>pointless.  I can also agree that languages can have tools whose functions
>have been taken over by other tools.  Do you believe that is what has
>happened with /net/?

Well, if we consider that tlhIngan Hol is evolving and changing as any 
natural language would, certain parts of the grammar may become sort of 
unstable from time to time. Maybe that is happening right now with "'e' Xlu'" 
versus "net X". How tlhIngan Hol would have gotten to the point of having 
both "'e' Xlu'" and "net X" expressing roughly the same thing, I don't know. 
But I would be surprised if the language didn't eventually evolve beyond 
that. Maybe one of the forms would fall out of use and retain an archaic 
connotation, as with Sangqar's example of "DIS ret" versus "ben". Or maybe 
both forms would remain in use but diverge in meaning, even if only subtly. 
As taD demonstrates with his own hard-earned Klingon Sprachgefuehl, it seems 
more likely for a semantic divergence to occur between "'e' Xlu'" and "net 
X". All in all, I'm pretty sure "net" is here to stay, but I'm not so sure it 
would be tolerated by Klingons if it meant exactly the same thing as "'e' 

Andrew Strader

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