Apposition is a grammatical construction in which two elements, normally noun phrases, are placed side by side, with one element serving to identify the other in a different way.(1)

There are some examples where this phenomena has been used in Klingon, but the term apposition has not been not mentioned in The Klingon Dictionary. So there are no written rules about it.

English examples

"My friend John is a doctor"
"John" is the apposition, clarifying that I have many friends, but I am restricting my statement to the one named John.

Canon klingon examples

qeylIS loDnI' 'opleS chovan
One day, brother Kahless, you will bow before me. (paq'batlh)

DuraS tuq tlhIngan yejquv patlh luDub 'e' reH lunIDtaH DuraS be'nI'pu' lurSa' be'etor je.
The sisters of the House of Duras, Lursa and B'Etor are constantly seeking a higher standing for the House of Duras within the Klingon High Council. (SkyBox Cards #26)

2 nouns in apposition

Two nouns in an apposition can look like a noun-noun-construction, so is is not clear whether qeylIS loDnI' is "brother Kahless" or "the brother of Kahless". This can only be recognized through context.

See also


1 : Apposition on Wikipedia

Category: Grammar    Latest edit: 19 Mar 2019, by KlingonTeacher    Created: 03 Dec 2015 by KlingonTeacher
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