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[Tlhingan-hol] splitting -taHvIS

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<html><body><div style="color:#000; background-color:#fff; font-family:Courier New, courier, monaco, monospace, sans-serif;font-size:16px"><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1442768570537_2286" dir="ltr">Has any instance cropped up where you said "while X was refusing to Y" and had to insert <b>-Qo'</b>&nbsp;between <b>-taH</b>&nbsp;and <b>-vIS</b>?</div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1442768570537_2286" dir="ltr"><br></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1442768570537_2286" dir="ltr">It just occurred to me that <b>-Qo'</b>&nbsp;can be used in a non-imperative, meaning <i>refuse</i>, and that <b>-Qo'</b>&nbsp;comes after all suffixes <i>except</i>&nbsp;a Type 9 - so <b>-Qo'</b>&nbsp;should come between <b>-taH</b>&nbsp;and <b id="yui_3_16_0_1_1442768570537_2379" class="">-vIS</b><span class="">. Other than <b>-neS</b>, it would be the only suffix technically capable of splitting these two suffixes.</span></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1442768570537_2286" dir="ltr"><span class=""><br></span></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1442768570537_2286" dir="ltr"><span class="" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1442768570537_2461">While <b>*vumtaHQo'vIS vutwI' ghung Soj je'wI'pu'</b>&nbsp;<i id="yui_3_16_0_1_1442768570537_2460">as long as the cook refused to work, customers went hungry</i>&nbsp;might technically be possible, does it sound awkward - or only as awkward as "To Boldly Go Where No-One Has Gone Before" does to an English grammarian with a loathing of split infinitives and dangling prepositions?</span></div></div></body></html>
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