tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Wed Oct 28 18:27:07 2009
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Re: intuition and grammar (was Re: Ditransitive reflexives)
Tracy Canfield (email@example.com)
Doch Qob je Doch Hurgh ghoSvIp?a? tlhIngan? Gracious me.
2009/10/28 Steven Lytle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> It's safer to walk around a hole than to jump in. We don't know how deep
> holes are, and they're difficult to illuminate.
> lay'tel SIvten
> On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 7:56 AM, ghunchu'wI' <email@example.com> wrote:
> > On Oct 28, 2009, at 3:48 AM, eric mead wrote:
> > > And that actually brings me to my larger question. What happens in
> > > the culture of tlhIngan Hol if there is found an area of the
> > > grammar that seems problematic and/or just missing and the fluent
> > > speakers have an intuition (generally agreed upon) about it?? Does
> > > that become another resource? Or are speakers not 'allowed' to add
> > > their own intuitions to the grammar?
> > Speakers can use whatever intuition or pet theories or personal
> > preferences they want. However, nobody here has the authority to add
> > anything to the grammar. If what someone says makes sense, others
> > are free to adopt its use as well. If it isn't in conflict with the
> > officially published rules of the language, it might even become
> > widely popular. Even so, there will usually be some who are more
> > conservative and resist trendy things until and unless they are
> > sanctioned by Marc Okrand.
> > The basic goal is for someone to be able to learn Klingon well using
> > only the published books as a resource. Where there's a hole in the
> > grammar (e.g. subjunctive), the basic advice is to avoid it, not to
> > fill it.
> > -- ghunchu'wI'