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Re: Question problem

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



--- On Wed, 5/20/09, Doq <doq@embarqmail.com> wrote:

> From: Doq <doq@embarqmail.com>
> Subject: Re: Question problem
> To: tlhingan-hol@kli.org
> Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 6:44 AM
> We were told that question words take the place of the words
> that  
> answer them. {nuq} is treated grammatically like the noun
> it replaces.  
> The answer could be the same sentence with {nuq} replaced
> by the noun  
> that answers the question. I had thought that discussions
> similarly  
> took the "beginning" question words as
> adverbials.
> 
> My mistake, I guess.
> 
> Of course, that doesn't resolve why we should prefer to
> have the  
> adverbial or the question word first, except to mimic the
> English word  
> order preference.
> 

Well, not completely. I think a good argument could be made that it is most logical to put the most important words first in an utterance, and the question word in a question can plausibly be called the most important word. Just because English and Klingon came to the same conclusion doesn't invalidate it.

-- ter'eS







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