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Re: Questions with law'/puS

Terrence Donnelly (terrence.donnelly@sbcglobal.net) [KLI Member]



--- On Thu, 7/9/09, David Trimboli <david@trimboli.name> wrote:
> 
> Eh? What would *{tlhIngan HoSghaj'a' vIlegh} mean? "I see
> the Klingon 
> who may or may not be powerful"?
> 

We're talking about two different things: adjective verbs used descriptively, as adjectives, vs used attributively, as predicates. I was talking about predicate use, as a verb.  Of course, an interrogative on an adjective doesn't make any sense.

> 
> It was in KGT, where Okrand is telling us about special
> exceptions to 
> the usual law'/puS construction. law'be'/puSbe' is a
> specially 
> sanctioned formation, and not evidence of a general trend
> of using verb 
> suffixes.

Did he come out and say in KGT that there are no other allowable suffixes?

> 
> It's special. It can't be interpolated or expanded. It must
> remain 
> fixed. Period. Done. Game, set, and match. rIntaH.
>

Absence of evidence /= evidence of absence.

-- ter'eS






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