DaHjaj Hol 110721 – locative #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.

You’re in for a special treat today; we’re going to talk about that most famous of Type 5 Noun suffixes, –Daq. That’s Capital D, A, Lowercase Q. –Daq is the all-purpose locative marker in Klingon. Think of it as adding a preposition to the noun you attach it to, because it tells you that the action of the phrase is occuring in the vicinity of that noun. As a result, most of the time a noun with –Daq is going to be translated into English as a prepositional phrase. Another way to look at it is that a noun with –Daq is not going to be the subject or object noun in your sentence.

DujDaq HoD wIghomta’
we met the captain on the ship

bI’ojchugh tachDaq HIq Datu’laH
if you’re thirsty, you can find ale in the bar

betleHwIjDaq bolpa’ romuluSngan yIHoH
before the Romulan drools on my bat’leth, kill him!

bIHeghDI’ HovmeyDaq mej qa’lIj
when you die, your spirit leaves to the stars

You might take this opportunity to try out this new suffix with every noun you know. You might try and take sets of three nouns, and see if you can make sentences which rotate them through different spots, once as subject, once as object, and once with –Daq. And when you do this, you might find that you’re playing with the language rather than just studying it. Funny thing. 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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