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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Phonemes

Steven Boozer (

lojmIt tI’wI’ nuv ‘utlh:
> It occurs to me that while syllable boundaries may mash {tlh} and {t} next
> to each other, as in {tlhutlhtaH}, I can’t think of a way that any Klingon
> word could put the {t} first and follow it with {tlh}. I don’t find any
> polysyllabic words with this combination and none of the suffixes start
> with {tlh}.
> It would be awkward to pronounce distinctly, and the initial {t} would
> probably get dropped in common speech, if it happened in common speech,
> but I suspect it simply never happens.

Never say never.  AFAIK there are two such nouns with /ttlh/:

qettlhup  		type of sauce (KGT)
vIttlhegh  	proverb (KGT < HQ 5.1)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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