DaHjaj Hol 110717 – Noun-Noun Construction #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.

Starting today, Sundays are going to be different. Since we’ve run through all the prefixes, I am reassigning this day of the week to talk about other aspects of Klingon grammar. We’ll begin with the Noun-Noun construction.

So, imagine if you will you have two nouns. Let’s call them N1 and N2. When you want to describe one noun in relation to another in Klingon, such as the N2 of N1, all you have to do is place them next to one another. You can also think of this as N1’s N2.

If this sounds confusing, don’t despair, because a few examples will convince you this is as easy as kittens!

pIj regh qoH ghIch
a fool’s nose frequently bleeds

‘oy’ mughato’wIj bem
the sole of my mugato’s foot is sore

reH vavwI’ yabmo’ maQap
we always suceed because of my father’s brain

meq ghogh QoylaHbe’ HoD SoS’e’
as for the captain’s mother, she cannot hear the voice of reason

You might want to use this new construction to review nouns, now. I can’t think of a better time. Combine them into random pairs. Use a pair as the subject in a sentence, as object, or as another part of speech. In doing so, you’ll not only improve your facility with the nouns, you’ll expand your understanding of grammar. Ironically, it’s a two-fer. 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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