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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] suffices on verb-adjectives

Steven Boozer ([email protected])

> TKD is quite prescriptive in the use of suffices on verbal adjectives (TKD 4.4): 
> vsR {-qu'} can be added as an intensifier - {Dujmey tInqu'} (very big ships)
> ns5 {-Daq} is added to the verbal adjective when it is called for on the noun
>  - {veng tInqu'Daq} (in the very big city)
> Have we received any additional information about such suffices?
> I'm thinking specifically of {-be'} which would seem to be a very logical usage
>  where a verb-adjective with an opposite-meaning does not exist - {wep Doqbe'}
>  (the not-red jacket). Or do we stick with the more traditional {Doqbe'bogh wep}?

A quick scan of my notes finds these examples of the Rover {-be'} on qualities:

  wa'maH yIHmey lI'be' 
  ten useless tribbles. PK

  tera'ngan motlhbe' SoH 
  You are an unusual Terran. PK

  'utbe' bel 
  Pleasure is nonessential. TKW

  leghlaHchu'be'chugh mIn lo'laHbe' taj jej 
  A sharp knife is nothing without a sharp eye. TKW 

  nI'be' yInmaj 'ach wovqu' 
  Our lives burn short and bright. (Anthem)

  QuchlIj vIl law'be' QuchwIj vIl puSbe' 
  your forehead isn't ridgier than my forehead (HQ 13.1:10)

Hmm... I would have expected more.  Don't forget the paired qualities listed in the glossaries:

jub  		be immortal 
jubbe'  	be mortal

le'  		be special, be exceptional
le'be'  	be unexceptional,  be nonspecific,  be general

lI'  		be useful 
lI'be'  	be useless

lo'laH  	be valuable 
lo'laHbe'  be worthless

motlh  	be usual,  be normal,  be standard
motlhbe'  	be unusual

rur  		resemble
rurbe'  	be different

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