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RE: Transitivity of <mev> and <tagh>

Steven Boozer (sboozer@uchicago.edu)



Christopher Doty wrote:
>> I'm wondering if <mev> is transitive or intransitive, or either?

SuStel:
>Both have been used both ways. I'm sure Voragh will provide all the
>relevant examples, but examples for {mev} include:
>
>    bIjatlh 'e' yImev
>    Shut up!
>
>    not mev peghmey
>    Secrets never cease.

Both can take an object.

{mev}  "stop, cease" (v.):

jImev 
I stop. KLS 

mev 
[someone] stops KGT

yImev! 
Stop! (to an individual) KGT

pemev!
Stop! (to a group) KGT

mevmoH 
cause [someone] to stop (KGT 154)

not mev peghmey 
Secrets never cease. PK

SSS... mev!  ba'! 
Do not do that! Sit! PK 

bIjatlh 'e' yImev 
Shut up! (Stop speaking!) PK

bIleS 'e' yImev 
Stop relaxing! Stop resting! PK

bIyev 'e' yImev 
Stop breaking! Stop pausing! PK

bIDum 'e' yImev 
Stop napping! PK

Sop 'e' mev 
Stop eating! PK 

bIjatlh 'e' yImev. yItlhutlh! 
Stop talking! Drink! TKW 

mevQo'!
Don't stop! SAREK

mamevQo'.  maSuvtaH.  ma'ov. 
Battling on through the Eternal fight. (Anthem)

yImev, yap! 
Stop! It is enough! KGT 


>> And with <tagh>, does it occur in a sentence-as-object construction?
>> If not, how is it used in canon sources?

>I don't remember the examples for {tagh} offhand.

{tagh}  "begin a process, initiate (proceedings)" [TKDA]:

taghbej mu'qaD veS 
Curse-warfare has definitely begun. PK 

Qu' DataghDI' 'aqtu' mellota' je yIqaw 
When you begin a mission, remember Aktuh and Mellota. TKW 

DaH petagh!
[Begin now! (untranslated)] (ENT "Affliction")

Also:

HQ 12.2:9:  To begin to sing a song is to {lIH} (literally, "introduce") the song... 

 

-- 
Voragh                          
Canon Master of the Klingons






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