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"vavlI' SoSlI' je tIquvmoH!"

Translation:Honor your father and your mother!

March 8, 2019

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

This is very much a nuance question. When speaking about couples - mother and father, grandmother and grandfather, aunt and uncle, sisters and brothers, etc - does Klingon generally list the male before the female?

The reason I ask is that, in studying Slavic languages, I've noticed that they generally tend to list the male of each pair first, while English generally puts the female first. It's an interesting matter of perspective, and while I suspect that I already know the answer, I'm curious which category Klingon falls into.

March 8, 2019

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

I suspect that Klingon does not consider sexual gender for this purpose and rank would be the more likely decider (which however, would tend to favor males). Though I'm not sure we have enough evidence in the actual language to be certain.

March 8, 2019

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

I suspected there might not be enough evidence to know for certain. I guess I'll have to keep an eye out as I begin to read through 'canonical' source material in the future. Thanks for your input, though! I hadn't considered that rank might be a factor.

March 10, 2019
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