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

QeS 'utlh (qeslagh@hotmail.com)



ghItlhpu' Doq, ja':
>{chen} is an odd word and I don't know that we've been given really
>good canon to help explain how to use it.

The canon for arithmetic, the only examples we have of the verb, seems to lay out pretty well how its semantics work: {wej boq loS; chen Soch} "four fuses with three; seven forms". From that, it seems that {chen} is dynamic in nature, which is one of the things that quality verbs fundamentally cannot be. One could probably say something like {naDev chentaH ghom'a'} "a crowd is forming here" (although {naDev lughomqu'lu'} might be a little more Klingon) or {chen HuD tlheghmey 'ej chenHa'} "mountain ranges take shape and collapse". I wouldn't accept anything that put {chen} in adjectival position: I can't even work out how I'd translate *{HuD chen 'oH}.

In short, I'd agree with lay'SIv and say that {chen} is probably not a quality verb.

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QeS 'utlh
tlhIngan Hol yejHaD pab po'wI' / Grammarian of the Klingon Language Institute


not nItoj Hemey ngo' juppu' ngo' je
(Old roads and old friends will never deceive you)
- Ubykh Hol vIttlhegh

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