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Re: Questions with law'/puS

ghunchu'wI' (

On Jul 11, 2009, at 10:33 AM, Terrence Donnelly wrote:

> ...or just recently on this list discovered that you probably could  
> use interrogative pronouns as one of the compared items.

I don't understand what you mean by "just recently on this list".  Do  
you mean you've never noticed it used *here* before, or that this was  
the first place you saw it *ever* used?  The grammar involved is  
obvious and ought to be absolutely uncontroversial.  Not only does it  
fail to contradict TKD, it *follows* TKD perfectly.  In {'Iv X law'  
Hoch X puS}, {'Iv} does exactly what it does in {yuch Soppu' 'Iv} and  
other such questions.  It fills the spot in the sentence where the  
noun that answers the question goes.

This usage has been part of my understanding of Klingon language  
since at least 1996.

> I'm not saying you definitely can use {-'a'} on {law'/puS}, just  
> that I see no fundamental objection to it.

I see SuStel and Doq both objecting fundamentally to it.  I share  
their objection.  In a comparative/superlative construction, {law'}  
and {puS} don't act like verbs.  I just don't see them working with  
verb suffixes, especially type 9 ones.

-- ghunchu'wI'

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