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Re: The topic marker -'e'

David Trimboli ( [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']

Christopher Doty wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 19:04, David Trimboli <> wrote:
>> Christopher Doty wrote:
>>> Okay, good, then we have been talking past each other a bit, I think.
>>> So let me walk through my reasoning a bit...
>>> <yIH may'> is certainly "a tribble battle," or "a battle of tribbles."
>>>  We agree on that, I think.
>>> But the battle that I am envisioning has nothing to do with tribbles.
>>> Tribbles is just being used as an insult.  To circumlocute a bit,
>>> imagine two warriors in the midst of a battle.  One says to the other
>>> (this sounds like the start of a joke, but it's not*):
>>> <may'vam 'oH may' quvHa''e'. yIHvaD 'oH yInob!>
>>> "This battle is a dishonorable one.  Give it to the tribbles."
>>> I'd rather like another verb here (more like leave behind... chuvmoH?
>>> Meh.  Anyway...).
>>> This is what I was getting at, not an issue of the battle being a
>>> battle of tribbles, but that the battle is fit only tribbles to engage
>>> it, so leave it that they might have it.
>>> I think maybe this thing I tried to say is weird, as it is sort of a
>>> translation of idiomatic English. Let's try something else.
>>> What if we take the canon
>>> <Qugh la'vaD QIn pav>
>>> Urgent message for Commander Kruge.
>>> And think of a more extended context.  What if I said:
>>> "The transmission is an urgent message for Commander Kruge."
>>> <Qugh la'vaD QIn pav 'oH jabbI'ID'e'>
>>> Does this strike you as wrong for the same reason, when there is a
>>> clear recipient of an actual concrete thing?
>> Yes. It is the urgent message that is intended for Kruge, not the fact
>> that "it is" ('oH) an urgent message.
>> How would you say "The communications officer ignored an urgent message
>> for Commander Kruge"?
 > <Qugh la'vaD QIn pav buSHa'pu' Qum yaS>?

(Communications officer is {QumpIn}.)

That says "The communications officer ignored, for Commander Kruge, an 
urgent message." It's as if Kruge ordered the officer to ignore all 
urgent messages, not as if the officer took it upon himself to ignore 
any urgent messages specifically for Kruge.

Qugh la'vaD QIn pav lI'lu'pu'bogh buSHa'pu' QumpIn
The communications officer ignored a message which was transmitted to 
Commander Kruge.

Here, {Qugh la'vaD} is tied to {lI'lu'pu'bogh}, not {QIn pav}, and not 
{buSHa'pu'}. There are other verbs I could have used than {lI'}, but the 
point is that it takes a bit of recasting to get the Klingon to mean 
what we want it to mean.

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