DaHjaj Hol 111103 nominalizer #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.

Our suffix this week is one of the most interesting verb suffixes the Klingon language has. It’s the Type 9 suffix -ghach. That’s GH, A, CH. -ghach is a nominalizer, meaning it transforms the verb into a noun. Furthermore, -ghach should only be used on verbs that already have one or more suffixes attached to them. Keep in mind too that the translation of a verb with -ghach may not always be smooth, and in some instances may be quite difficult indeed. For this last reason, pay particular attention to the examples that follow:

potlhqu’ laDlaHghach
literacy is important

reH Qap yoHchu’ghach
bravery always succeeds

qay’ HoD tojtaHghach
the captain’s continual deception is a problem

HoSwIj tlhapqa’ QonglaHbe’ghachwIj
my insomnia has taken my strength again


A person may not know an English translation for a nominalized verb, and indeed the nominalized action or state of being may not exist as a simple word or phrase in English, but the idea nonetheless is possible. In this way, Klingon can bring you insights that you’d never come across in English, simply because the language makes these concepts possible. That can expand your thinking and lead to some pretty interesting ideas, and is perhaps one of the more literal ways that language truly can open worlds. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

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