DaHjaj Hol 110728 – his / her / its #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 we return to the class of Type Four Noun suffixes that describe who possesses what. Specificially, –Daj. Capital D, A, J. –Daj means his or her or its. Or, to put in the parlance we’ve heretofore used for verb prefixes, –Daj indicates possession for third person singular nouns. A few examples will make it clear.

betleHDaj vItlhap
I took his bat’leth

yatlhchugh be’nI’Daj ghaytan bIregh
if his sister is pregnant, likely you will bleed

HIqwIj tlhutlh romuluSngan ‘ach meghDaj vISopta’
the Romulan drank my ale, but I ate his lunch

Don’t run off and try this new suffix too quickly. I wouldn’t want you to, oh, I don’t know, take every noun we’ve discussed over the past seven months and talk about it as yours and mine and his. I mean, sure, you could, but what do you think might happen if you did? I mean, aside from you becoming more fluent in the language? 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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