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Re: The meaning of -moH

David Trimboli ( [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI'] wrote:
> In a message dated 10/7/2009 20:29:31 Eastern Daylight Time, 
> writes:
>> tlhob: [TKD: ask], [TKD appendix: request, ask, plead]
>> ghel: [KGT: ask (a question)]
>> The definition suggests that the direct object of {ghel} should be
>> a question and not a person.
> {tlhob} had the meaning of {ghel} only up until {ghel} was introduced
> by Okrand. As for "question" being the direct object of {ghel}, the
> note "(a question)" after "ask" is only to disambiguate the meanings
> of "ask", not to suggest its normal object. The form of
> disambiguation is itself ambiguous, of course. Okrand doesn't explain
> how the notes in parentheses are to be interpreted; he just uses them
> as if it were clear what he meant. Another example is "qI' - sign (a
> treaty)" (TKD1K, TKD2E).

Before anyone gets all worked up about over this, ask yourself: if 
{ghel} *can* take an object, what word could it possibly be? We don't 
have a noun for "question"...

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