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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Sunlight and Starlight

Rohan Fenwick ( [KLI Member]

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<body class='hmmessage'><div dir='ltr'>ghItlhpu' 'eD, jatlh:<br>&gt; I'm no canon authority, but I've noticed other compound words that<br><div>&gt; strongly imply additional vocabulary.<br>&gt; Klingons may not make a fetish of logic, but they don't abandon<br>&gt; it completely like humans.<br><br>jang SuStel, jatlh: <br>&gt; Languages are usually logical, but often the logic of language is not <br>&gt; obvious. The details are usually buried in history.<br>&gt; <br>&gt; Perhaps there once was a noun *{wov} that meant "light," and that noun <br>&gt; formed genitive constructions like *{maS wov}, *{jul wov}, and *{Hov <br>&gt; wov}.<br><br>And it doesn't even need to have been a genitive construction. Formally {maS wov} "bright moon" would behave in most ways the same as a noun-noun construction, and we do have a number of other disyllabic nouns that have arisen from noun-adjectival constructs:<br><br>tajtIq "a type of knife" &lt; taj tIq<br>bIQtIq "river" &lt; bIQ tIq<br>naghboch "gemstone" &lt; nagh boch<br>naHlet "nut" &lt; naH let<br>naHjej "thistle" &lt; naH jej<br>mu'tay' "vocabulary" &lt; mu' tay'<br>Hovtay' "star system" &lt; Hov tay'<br>maQmIgh "evil omen" &lt; maQ mIgh<br><br>QeS<br></div> 		 	   		  </div></body>
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