tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Sat May 16 14:46:15 2009

Back to archive top level

To this year's listing

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]

Re: Klingon Ad for my new novel!

David Trimboli ( [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']

>> From: David Trimboli <>
>>> 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

Back to archive top level