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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Story: ghuv = The Recruit - 3

De'vID (de.vid.jonpin@gmail.com)



On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 11:11 PM, Alan Anderson <qunchuy@alcaco.net> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 9:14 PM, Robyn Stewart <robyn@flyingstart.ca> wrote:
>> <loS vI' jav 'uj neH 'aD torgh> = “Torg measures only 4.6 ‘uj.”  It’s not
>> explicit, but I hope you’ll understand this as the vertical dimension.
>
> In the long-defunct startrek.klingon forum on MSN, Marc Okrand once wrote:
>> There are two words used for length: {'aD} and {'ab}. Both of these can
>> be translated as "have a length of", but they are used somewhat
>> differently. {'aD} is used in contrast with {juch} "have a width of" in
>> measuring, say, a table top. {'ab}, on the other hand, is used for
>> (potentially) longish, skinnyish things (for example, spears) and also
>> for heights.
>
> So {'ab} would be preferable to {'aD} in this passage.

As a matter of fact, in that same post MO gives the example:
jav 'ujmey 'ab SuvwI'  "the warrior has a length of six ujs" (about 6'10")

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De'vID

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