DaHjaj Hol 110821 – verbs as adjectives #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.

Because it’s Sunday, I’m going to give you something a little bit different, grammar-wise. I want to talk about nouns and stative verbs.

Basically, you can use a stative verb to create a noun phrase, such that the verb acts like an adjective would in English. You can even add most suffixes to the noun as you normally would, with the exception of Type 5 noun suffixes (and I’ll talk to you about that next Sunday). A few examples will make this clear, and send you off in some exciting new directions:

romuluSngan qan DaHoHlaH
you can kill the old Romulan

yIHmey Suv chomDaj yoH
his brave bartender fought the tribbles

Haghta’ jaghqoq Sey
the excited, so-called enemy laughed

A person is able to talk about things not just in terms of what they’re doing, but also with respect to other properties they possess. Selectively using this ability draws focus and attention to one aspect of a thing over another, and opens up worlds of subtlty that may not have existed before. Exciting stuff, isn’t it? qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


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