About the tips/notes on -vIp
You will rarely hear the -vIp suffix from a Klingon with a prefix indicating that the subject is "I" or "we" -- it's a cultural taboo to indicate that the speaker (or a group including the speaker) is afraid to do something.
What about with -be' (-vIpbe')? I'd think that would be an obvious exception that might be worth throwing in there. It's pedantic but also probably worth saying instead "unless it's followed by -be' ". Unless of course I'm wrong and it's just taboo to use the suffix with a first-person word at all...
The trouble is, we don't know. Outside of The Klingon Dictionary, -vIp has only been used twice canonically: once in the second person (bIHeghvIpchugh if you are afraid to die [The Klingon Way]) and once as a nominalized verb (SuvvIpghach fear of fighting [paq'batlh]). We hardly ever see it, let alone seeing it negated in the first person.
I'm satisfied with the note on -vIp as it stands. I think the point of the taboo is not simply to avoid -vIp in the first person, but to avoid saying that you're afraid of something. If you negate it, it's probably fine. Though maybe Klingons are nervous about unscrupulous video editors cutting off the -be' and playing back «jIHeghvIp—.»
Though maybe Klingons are nervous about unscrupulous video editors cutting off the -be' and playing back «jIHeghvIp—.»
Lingot'd for this. But would that mean they're afraid to be taken out of context?
In the Klingon dictionary, there's an example sentence using -vIp in the first person, but negated. I think that's pretty good evidence that the taboo doesn't exist for -vIpbe'.
Except that example also shows -vIp in the first person and not negated.
It's a cultural taboo, not a linguistic prohibition.
Where is that? The only first person example I can find is the versions of "pIHoHvIpbe'" used to illustrate the roving nature of -qu'. I cannot find an unnegated first person example.
Sorry, I was misremembering the example as demonstrating roving with -be' instead of -qu'.
Point still stands then. Also, from boQwI': "The unstated exception to the rule is that it is not taboo if "-vIp" is negated with "-be'", as illustrated by the sentences on TKD, p. 49"
This is not just my opinion then.