tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Wed May 20 13:28:27 2009
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David Trimboli (email@example.com)
Fiat Knox wrote:
> nuq bachpu' puqloD - what did the boy shoot?
> puqloD bachpu' nuq - what shot the boy?
Just a minor digression. I believe KGT tells us that /bach/ takes the
thing projected as its object:
nISwI' HIch tIH bach yaS.
The officer shoots the disruptor pistol beam.
But because things like /tIH/ are so commonly shot, they are often
dropped from the sentence, leaving the weapon which did the firing as
the object of /bach/:
nISwI' HIch bach yaS.
The officer shoots the disruptor pistol.
If I am remembering this correctly, you cannot say */puqloD bachpu' nuq/
"What shot the boy?" unless the answer were a trapeze cannon or the like.
If this is correct, a sentence like "The officer shot the criminal" has
to be said something like this:
bach yaS; HeSwI' mup.
The officer shot; he hit the criminal.
(That's assuming I've got the right sense of /mup/ "impact, strike."
pojwI' tells me that /qIp/ "hit" refers to hitting with a hand, fist, or