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Re: nuq bach?

MorphemeAddict ( [KLI Member] [Hol taghwI']

In a message dated 5/26/2009 12:29:02 Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

> Question:  Can question words like {nuq} and {'Iv} even take noun 
> suffixes?  I can find only one example:
>   Sojvetlh 'oH nuq'e' 
>   What is that food?  (PK)
> and this comment by Okrand:
>   Question words (in this case, {nuq} "what?") function 
>   the same way pronouns do in questions with to be in the
>   English translations. Thus, the question {yIH nuq?} 
>   "What is a tribble?" is exactly parallel to the statement
>   {yIH 'oH} "It is a tribble" [...] [st.k (12/12/1996)]

You haven't mentioned that {nuqDaq} is considered {nuq} + {-Daq} per TKD.

Also, if {nuq} can replace any noun, then it 'should' be able to fit in 
anywhere a noun can, including before noun suffixes.  E.g.,

[km] "The room has no view." 
[mo] {pa'vo' pagh leghlu'.} 
[Lit. "Nothing is seen from the room." [CK]

If we mis-hear this, we should be able to ask {nuqvo' pagh leghlu'}.

Of course, we have no examples of this in canon with either {nuq} or {'Iv}.

lay'tel SIvten

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