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Re: KLBC: The North Wind and the Sun

Michael Everson (

On 26 Jun 2009, at 17:10, ghunchu'wI' 'utlh wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 10:08 AM, Michael  
> Everson<> wrote:
>>>> ’Iv HoS law’ ’Iv HoS puS,
>> On 26 Jun 2009, at 00:40, David Trimboli wrote:
>>> It looks like you're trying to use {'Iv} as a relative pronoun, but
>>> it doesn't work that way.
>> No, I was using them in genitive relation to {HoS}.
> The {HoS} in your comparitive is a verb. If you're using it as a  
> noun, your comparitive has no verb of quality.

Ah. Drat.

>> ...since the interrogative pronoun 'Iv is treated
>> as a noun as far s pronominal suffixes are concerned, I assumed that
>> it could stand in genitival relation to HoS. If not... how do you say
>> "whose?" "Whose manuscript? My manuscript" =  {?????. ghItlhwIj.}
> {'Iv HoS} can mean "whose strength". If you're using that phrase as a
> noun in a comparative, though, you still need a verb before the {law'}
> and {puS}. However, why get unnecessarily wordy? Ask "who is
> stronger?", not "whose strength is greater?"

Since comparatives use the law'/puS construction... now you've really  
confused me.

Michael Everson *

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