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tlhIngan Hol

IPA pIqaD
/ʤatɬ/ 

wot

Segh:tlhIngan Hol wotmey

jatlh

  1. (TKD 90,154,182,190) (TKW 87)
    • bIjatlh 'e' yImev. yItlhutlh!
    (Stop talking! Drink! - TKW 87)
    • qajatlh
    (I speak to you - see below under Usage)

rar mu'meyvam

mu'meyvam yIlegh je

Usage

In 1997, Marc Okrand made this post on the MSN Expert Forum, as an explanation of the use of qajatlh. This grammar is called the prefix trick:

Since the object of jatlh is that which is spoken, and since "you" or "I" or "we" cannot be spoken (and therefore cannot be the object of the verb), if the verb is used with a pronominal prefix indicating a first- or second-person object, that first or second person is the indirect object.

yImugh

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