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Re: {-Daq} in complex sentences (was Re: jIHtaHbogh naDev vISovbe')

David Trimboli (david@trimboli.name) [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']



Alan Anderson wrote:
>>>> ...what would be your
>>>> proposal for "He who fled's ship"
>>> Such a noun is still a noun, and nothing prevents it from being part
>>> of a noun-noun construction.  Except maybe the lack of syntax for
>>> making clear that it *is* the head noun.  If I want to be understood,
>>> I won't be that unclear.
>>>
>>> Haw'ta' ghaH.  DujDaj vIje'.
> 
> ja' SuStel:
> 
>> Haw'wI' Duj vIje'.
> 
> rapbe' qech, 'ach ghaytan yap.
> 
> Without the right context, It could be misunderstood as referring to  
> *a* flee-er's ship instead of *the* specific ship of he-who-fled.   
> But it's hard to imagine a line like that coming without warning.

Now you're just looking for trouble. Of course context will tell you 
whether it's "a" flee-er or "the" flee-er! This is always true in 
Klingon, where there are no articles to make this distinction for you.

SuStel
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