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Re: The topic marker -'e'

Christopher Doty (

Amen and +1.

On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 10:23, David Trimboli <> wrote:
> So what makes Klingon linguistically unanalyzable, while every other
> language can be analyzed?
> Most of the world's languages are *not* like Latin. Serious linguists no
> longer treat them as if they were. If someone uses inappropriate
> terminology or classifications to describe Klingon, they should be
> corrected, not condemned. No one is claiming that Klingon falls neatly
> into any linguistic categories. But it *can* be analyzed linguistically,
> and doing so is interesting, enlightening, and harmless.
> Not everyone is interested in Klingon purely as a mode of communication.
> Most either come to it through Star Trek or through linguistic interest.
> The Trekkies usually find out it's actually hard work, and give up after
> a while. The linguists run into the wall of "You can't analyze Klingon"
> here on this list, mostly coming from you, or those who ape you.
> Analyzing the language is a perfectly valid activity to engage in on
> this list, and you're single-handedly trying to quash it, apparently
> because you're afraid of anybody drawing any conclusions that don't
> agree with yours. Why not just let people theorize? Why is that so
> awful? Even if the come up with the wrong answers, why is that so bad?
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