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RE: nom*i*nal*ize 2. to convert (an underlying clause) into a noun phrase

Steven Boozer (

>> tlhutlhghach would be 'drinking' as in 'the act of drinking something'
>> but bItlhutlhghach would not be 'that act of you drinking something'
>> tlhutlhghachlIj would much more likely be 'your drinking'.

lay'tel SIvten:
>You forgot the part about needing another suffix between the verb and
>{-ghach}: tlhutlhtaHghach, tlhutlhbe'ghach, and so on.

Okrand gives the example of {tlhutlhtaHghach} "ongoing drinking" in the HolQeD (3.3) article I posted earlier.

> MO: That's fine, I think it's a legitimate thing to do assuming the 
> verb plus {-taH} is legitimate. It depends on the verb. In the 
> dictionary I give four examples and that's all there is. There's 
> "value", which is used kind of like *worthness and also 
> "worthlessness", and then "discommendation" and "re-commendation".

I.e. {lo'laHghach}, {lo'laHbe'ghach}, {naDHa'ghach} and {naDqa'ghach} (all from TKD).  In TKW he used {quvHa'ghach} "dishonor" in our sole example of a "{-ghach}ed noun" in a sentence:

  qaStaHvIS wej puq poHmey vav puqloDpu' puqloDpu'chaj je quvHa'moH
   vav quvHa'ghach 
  The dishonor of the father dishonors his sons and their sons for
   three generations. TKW

Note that all five of these have another suffix between the verb and {-ghach}.

Canon Master of the Klingons

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