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Re: Question about -wI'

Mark J. Reed (markjreed@gmail.com) [KLI Member]



On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 4:19 PM, David Trimboli <david@trimboli.name> wrote:
> Christopher Doty wrote:
>> Can -wI' go on nouns? Or does this mean that, as with many Klingon
>> words, the noun Hergh is identical to a verb with roughly the same
>> meaning, "administer medicine," and the verb Hergh is simply missing
>> from the dictionary?
>
> No, {-wI'} is only a verb suffix.

that happens to be homphonous with a noun suffix for possession, as
Krenath noted.

>  There are some complex nouns that *look* like they're simple nouns plus {-wI'}

Another example is {De'wI'} "computer", which looks like "data-er".
One might infer the existence of a verb *{De'} "to process (data)" or
some such, but it's unattested.

> but we can't pull them apart and generalize new words or rules from them

At least, not and stay within the realm of canonical tlhIngan Hol.

-- 
Mark J. Reed <markjreed@gmail.com>






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