tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Tue Sep 03 09:36:29 2002

Back to archive top level

To this year's listing

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]

Re: Names for noun functions (Was: Re: tlhIngan Hol lujatlhbogh puq'e'

ja'pu' tulwI':
>i want to have names for those roles. when i called them "nominative",
>"accusative" and so on (cases), the idea was not very in. so if "roles"
are allowed, then we speak of "subject role", "object role".
>are there any shorter names for "describing another noun role"? "genitive"
>wouldn't be allowed, as this impies case.

ja' Qov:
>I would call them, respectively:
>subject noun
>object noun
>noun acting adjectivally
>noun with a type-5 suffix
>It might be nice to have a more concise way of describing the third and
>fifth functions, but I managed to teach Klingon (I used to have DloraH's
>job) without that terminology, so you should be able to learn it.

The third one is a "possessive" role, according to TKD.  Examples such as
{baS 'In} or even {tlhIngan Hol} tell us it's a little broader in scope
than literal possession/ownership, but the concept is clear.

The fifth one is a catchall category of several roles, so it's not that odd
to find no good concise term for
locative/source/reason/beneficiary/topic/etc.  I tend to use the individual
terms when appropriate.

-- ghunchu'wI'

Back to archive top level