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Re: Klingon Ad for my new novel!

David Trimboli (david@trimboli.name) [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']



>> From: David Trimboli <david@trimboli.name>
>>> ghItlh Doq:
>>>> DubtaHba' tlhIngan Hol laHlIj.
>>> Clearly your suffix order error has been included as a
>> test.
>>> Personally, I don't like N-N-N constructions. They
>> feel clunky to me.
>>>  I'd have recast this as a complex sentence,
>> thusly:
>>> tlhIngan Hol lo'meH Dubba'taH laHlIj.
>>>
>>> Or something similar. Of course, I am not one of the
>> grammarians, and
>>> there may be other errors creeping in that I fail to
>> see.
>>
>> "Your ability obviously continues to improve in order
>> for it to use
>> Klingon." A purpose clause is the wrong tool here.
>>
>> Overly long genitive constructions are poor style, but
>> /tlhIngan Hol/ is
>> so common as to seem a single unit; it does not overburden
>> the genitive
>> construction.

Terrence Donnelly wrote:
 > "Dubba'taH tlhIngan Hol jatlhmeH laHlIj"

That's still a N-N-N. The last N is just a NP instead:
/jatlhmeH laHlIj/.

-- 
David Trimboli
http://www.trimboli.name/






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