DaHjaj Hol 110714 – topic marker #tlhIngan #tlh

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Hello, and welcome. You’re listening to DaHjaj Hol, your daily dose of Klingon language. I’m your host, Lawrence Schoen.

Today’s suffix involves an idea that many English speakers find a bit odd at first. It’s the Type 5 noun suffix –’e’. That’s Apostrophe, E, Apostrophe. –’e’ is attached to a noun to indicate that it is the topic of a conversation, but not the subject. One way to think of it, is to translate any noun with –’e’ as the phrase “As for X,” where X is the topic of conversation. Having established what you’re talking about by using –’e’, the rest of your sentence will still have a subject and verb, and possibly even an object. A few examples will make this very clear.

HoD’e’ tugh vIHoHnIS
as for the captain, soon I will need to kill him

novpu”e’ tlhoy qIDtaH romuluSnganpu’
as for aliens, Romulans joke too much

megh’e’ qen mI’loD vISopmo’ jIghungbe’
as for lunch, because I recently ate a sabre bear, I am not hungry

You may or may not realize how far you’ve already come in your study of the language. But take a moment to reflect, not on how much Klingon you’ve acquired, but how much more you’re thinking about language overall. You probably never thought much about the grammar of your native language, but as you learn how Klingon handles some things differently, you can’t help but also gain insight and understanding about how you’ve been speaking all these years. What, you thought the only worlds language would open would be from the new language? It’s bigger than that! qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


Today’s podcast is brought to you by the 18th annual summer conference of the Klingon Language Institute (aka the qep’a’ wa’maH chorghDIch) which runs from Sunday morning on August 14th through late evening Tuesday, August 16th. The following day, Wednesday, August 17th, is the official beginning of the 69th annual World Science Fiction Convention, conveniently taking place right there in Reno, Nevada!

Back to the qep’a’: This year, we’ll be splitting the conference into two parts:

Part One will be the usual blend of fellowship, curse warfare, singing, story-telling, and assorted language challenges as we’ve enjoyed for the past seventeen years, and will run from Sunday through Monday. We’ll begin in a meeting room at the Hyatt Place Reno-Tahoe Airport Hotel for Sunday and Monday, and on Tuesday morning we’ll move to larger function space over at Reno’s convention center (courtesy of Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention).

Part Two will begin at noon on Tuesday, and consist of various introductory lessons and explanations intended for newbies, beginners, and visitors dressed in Federation pajamas (or other noncombatants). Klingon grammarians will be on hand to help newcomers (not to be confused with linguistic “fresh meat!”) learn the basics of Klingon and use it to chat, sing, play games, and insult one another.

Full details can be found at http://www.speakklingon.info/

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