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"tlhIngan Hol lujatlh tlhInganpu'."

Translation:Klingons speak Klingon.

April 3, 2018



Hello, I don't understand : tlhInganpu' is the subject , si why repeat "They" --> "lu" before verb . Is it wrong to say : jatlh tlhInganpu' ?



The Klingon verb always agrees with its subject and object, whether those subject and objects are represented by noun phrases, by pronouns, or are left out and are implicit.

If you do not use lu-, you would be using the "null prefix" -- which works for the combinations "plural subject, plural object" and for "plural subject, no object" but not for "plural subject, singular object" (that combination requires the prefix lu-).

So tlhIngan Hol jatlh tlhInganpu' with a plural subject, an object, and the null prefix on the verb must have a plural object and mean "Klingons speak Klingon languages", rather than "Klingons speak the Klingon language / speak Klingon".

(Remember that the plural suffix is always optional, and so tlhIngan Hol jatlh tlhInganpu' and tlhIngan Holmey jatlh tlhInganpu' mean exactly the same thing.)


Hummmmm thanks a lot ! jIyaj :-)


Counts it wrong if the second "the" isn't included.

The Klingons speak the Klingon language.


That's right.

You can answer "Klingons speak Klingon" or "Klingons speak the Klingon language", or either of those with "the Klingons" instead of just "Klingons".

But "Klingons speak Klingon language" doesn't work.

"language" is usually used a countable noun in English -- and essentially always when we speak of a particular language with an adjective such as "English" or "Klingon", rather than speaking about language as a general ability. So we say "a language" or "the language" but not just "language" when we are speaking about a particular one or a particular kind, e.g. "a Germanic language" or "the English language".


Makes sense. An article "a/an/the" would be more apt when you look at it from English. Thanks!


How is a double across word boundaries pronounced? I've never read anything about Klingon sandhi.


In clear and proper pronunciation all consonants should be pronounced all the time. So you make one tlh sound and then you make another tlh sound. There is no "sandhi" going on here. This is especially true of affricates like the tlh, even within a word. When speakers are being more lax, it's not unusual to hear gemination of fricatives and plosives, especially within a word.


A double tlh, that is. (I guess this app doesnt like things that are in chevrons.)


The standard in the Klingon speaking community is to either use {curly brackets} or bold for Klingon. On the Duolingo forums, you make a word bold by putting two asterisks on each side of the word (and italics with one asterisk on each side).


Thinks in greater-than/less-than signs are considered HTML and are filtered out.

You can use «these» if you want.


TlhInganpu' Hol = tlhIngan Hol

  • Left: language of klingons

  • Right: klingon language

Are both concepts accepted in this course? Or only tlhIngan Hol?

I would like to know it

Maybe , for a klingon the first concept being the definition of the second concept


Plural markers are not required in Klingon, so tlhIngan Hol could refer to the language of one Klingon or of multiple Klingons. tlhInganpu' Hol can only refer to the language of multiple Klingons.

Putting two nouns (or noun phrases) next to each other creates a genitive relationship. Perhaps the first noun owns or possesses the second noun (like HoD Duj, "the captain's ship"). Perhaps there is a relationship connecting one to the other (like SuvwI' targh, "the warrior's targ"). Perhaps the second noun is made of the first noun (like baS taj, "metal knife"). Or the source or origin of the first noun is the second noun (like tera' qoq, "a Terran robot"). Or maybe the second noun is contained within the first noun (like veng vaS'a', "the city's great hall"). We could probably even break some of those down into more specific categories, but I hope you get the general idea.

So tlhIngan Hol can mean the language of a specific Klingon as in, "the Klingon's language", or it can refer to the language of any non-specific Klingon as in, "a Klingon's language". Or since the plural markers are not required, it might refer to "the Klingons' language" or "Klingons' language". Or Hol could even be interpreted as plural and any of those could be "languages". It might also be using tlhIngan in an adjectival fashion as the source or original, in which case the best English translation is just "the Klingon language".

There are really many possible ways to write the translation that differ more in the minute details of saying or writing the term than in differences of meaning. All the different ways to write it in English mean almost the exact same thing. Is there really any difference between "the language of Klingons" and "the Klingon language"?

If the specific context of a discussion indicates that we are talking about a specific Klingon (or Klingons) or more than one language, then some of those variations might be good choices. However, in the generic context of just talking about some Klingon language, you should assume it's the one most common generic language called "Klingon" or "the Klingon language".

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