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Re: usage of type-7 aspect suffix {-pu}

Alan Anderson (aranders@insightbb.com) [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']



ja' Doq:

> {qaStaHvIS wa'maH chorgh DIS moHpu'...} does not mean "He's been ugly
> for eighteen years..."

While I completely agree with your intuition here, the truth is that  
we have canon which supports such a phrase.

Skybox card S8: Bat'telh - Klingon Sword of Honor
{...yIntaHvIS qeylIS'e' lIjlaHbe'bogh vay' batlh 'etlhvam  
chenmoHlu'pu'.}
"...this sword of honor descends from the time of Kahless the  
Unforgettable."

There's only one reasonable way to interpret this.  It requires that  
the aspect suffix on the main verb be applied to the entire sentence,  
subordinate clauses and all.

-- ghunchu'wI'





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