Talk:Season One Dothraki Dialogue

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About glosses: I'm too lazy to learn the full formal glossing rules, so a lot of little things like .NOTNOM for /-a/ suffixed adjectives are ad hoc, pulled out of a hat kind of stuff. If someone knows/learns the terminology and rules, please correct ..Though I must say that somewhat lightly technical take is done on purpose, not just a product of inaptitude. I think there are also quite hard calls, to which there might be no easy answers even if one knew the rules better. It's quite clear that gloss is meant to tell us, what information words carry in their context, not just what they generally might mean, so ezo means either learn.PAST or learn.IMP1 depending on where we find them. But it's sometimes hard to draw the line on what is encoded in the word and what isn't:

  • I've never marked plural or singular on inanimate nouns, and feel strongly that this is as it should be.
  • I've never marked nominative or singular on unsuffixed adjectives. And I'm not sure if you should mark /-a/ as singular even for animate nouns. This is quite unclear neighborhood.
  • I've marked person and plurality on all preset (and future) tense verbs, but feel this is rather questionable practise. Second person singular and plural never differ, so I don't think they just happen to be same - I think Dothraki don't really consider plurality marked for second person present verbs. One might go even further and suspect that /-i/ and /-e/ in present tense verb inflection denotes to "not specifically marked", as only first person singular and plural and (sometimes) third person singular differ from the trend.

--Qvaak..fin thira athdrivaride 22:26, 10 November 2011 (PST)

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