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"ponglIj 'oH nuq'e'?"

Translation:What is your name?

March 18, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bibaleebu

I saw this as <nuq 'oH ponglIj'e'> on another lesson website. Is this also acceptable?

March 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Yes, it is.

March 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TARDISToni

This is getting very derivative, but ...

If the 'e' suffix is meant to denote the primary or "A" part of an "A is B" sentence structure, as mentioned elsewhere, and the 'e' is here on the end of "nuq," with A coming before B, then wouldn't the translation technically be "Your name is what?"

Not that there's really any difference between the two, other than an emphasis on the word "what." But as a trained linguist, I'm curious. :)

March 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdmcowan

Yes, you are correct.

March 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Sort of, except that's not how we ask WH questions in English :)

Some languages have the WH word in the same place where the answer would be in a statement, i.e. "Your name is Paul." versus "Your name is what?".

It's just that in English, the WH word is fronted and so we have "What is your name?".

Personally, I think the nuq 'oH ponglIj'e'? order is more logical -- "As for your name: what is it?"

March 20, 2018
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