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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: naj

David Trimboli ( [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']

On 8/29/2013 3:39 PM, Bellerophon, modeler wrote:
This is something different: {jatlh} only takes a transitive prefix when
the prefix trick is used? Is this true of any other verbs that can use
the prefix trick, or just {jatlh}?

Reported speech uses different rules than other sentence-as-object constructions. This was clarified for us by Okrand back in the days of the MSN newsgroups, but the basics are in TKD.

The only verbs allowed to report a direct quotation are {jatlh} and {ja'}. When used this way the sentence expressing the speaking and the quotation are pushed together end to end, in either order. The quotation is not the object of the sentence expressing speech; this is not an application of the prefix trick.

puqbe'wI'vaD jIjatlh <yInajchu'>
<yInajchu'> puqbe'wI'vaD jIjatlh

I said to my daughter, "Sweet dreams."
"Sweet dreams," I said to my daughter.

You cannot put {yInajchu'} between {puqbe'wI'vaD} and {jIjatlh}, because you can't squeeze a sentence between the verb and its beneficiary. You simply shove the two separate sentences together.


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