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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] "Who are you?"

Steven Boozer (

Fiat Knox"
> Conversational Klingon, that venerable old resource, lists {SoH
> 'Iv} as "Who are you?" (from 11:20 on the above page) [...] 
> I've been in favour of {'Iv SoH} for "Who are you?" and
> {nuq 'oH} for "What is it?" [...]
> So would you call it: a grammatical anomaly, a quirk of
> tlhIngan Hol, or something else?

I've always considered it a colloquialism. (Cp. the condescending "And you are...?" instead of a simple, polite "Who are you?")  If you like, think of it as clipped: {SoH! 'Iv?}

After all, the tape was called "CONVERSATIONAL Klingon".  <

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