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Re: jIHtaHbogh naDev vISovbe'

Alan Anderson ( [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']

ja' SuStel:

> In the sentence
>     pa'DajDaq ghaH HoD'e'
>     The captain is in his quarters
> what English has as a preposition Klingon has, in my analysis, a  
> nominal
> predicative.

The previously given definition of a nominal predicative says that it  
"renames the subject".  I don't see that happening in the sentence  
you give here as an example.  You can't use {pa'Daj}, with or without  
{-Daq}, to refer to the same thing as {HoD}.

It might be possible to finesse things a bit, saying that {pa'DajDaq}  
is describing {HoD'e'}, and thus call it an *adjectival*  
predicative.  That would let the term "predicative" apply anyway.   
I'm still not comfortable using the word for this concept, though, as  
it has an already established linguistic meaning which I don't think  
matches the Klingon grammar well enough.

-- ghunchu'wI'

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