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RE: Suffix {-taH} on verbs referring to states

Steven Boozer (

Chris Doty:
>>>> A more important question, perhaps, is: can stative verbs take <-taH>??

>>>It may seem that {tay'}, "be together," is a verb referring
>>>to an action, not a state. However, the following example
>>>from canon shows that it can in fact refer to a state and can
>>>even be used to modify nouns:
>>>   wo' tay' tlhInganpu' maH!
>>>   We are U.K. Klingons!
>>>      (We are together Empire Klingons!) (RADIO TIMES)
>>>   tay'taHbe' 'Iw bIQ je.
>>>      Blood and water don't mix. (TKW, p. 34)

>> Some more examples of {tay'}:
>> reH tay' ghot tuqDaj je
>> One is always of his tribe.
>> ("A person and his house are always together"). TKW
>> tay' qeylor molor tuq je
>> Kahlor is of the House of Molor.
>> Kahlor is from the House of Molor.
>> ("Kahlor and the House of Molor are together.") (st.k 9/97)
>> matay' jIH molor tuq je
>> I am of the House of Molor.
>> ("The House of Molor and I are together.") (st.k 9/97)
>> Sutay' SoH molor tuq je
>> You are of the House of Molor.
>> ("The House of Molor and you are together.") (st.k 9/97)
>> matay'DI' vIHtaHbogh bIQ rur mu'qaDmey
>> Between us, curses run like water. PK
>> wa' Dol nIvDaq matay'DI' maQap
>> We succeed together in a greater whole. TKW

Chris Doty:
> I guess I meant more with verbs of quality, like colors, sizes, etc.

AFAIK we've never seen colors or sizes take a Type 7 (aspect) suffix.  The only suffixes I see are N5 {-Daq}, VR {-qu'}, V3 {-choH}, and V9 {-'a'} (interrogative) & {-bogh}.

Canon Master of the Klingons

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