# jahÄ“

jahÄ“

Sentence 9 in the LCC4 relay text:

kexien jahÄ“ lÄ;

Despite the fact that it looks like a noun, the word jahÄ“ is another clause-level modifier. It is one of the several words for “yes” and it implies that this is as it should be. Combined with kexien and with the exclamatory marker lÄ, the woman is saying “Of course, yes (as it should be)!” and the combination of these three in this context implies sarcasm.

I have often wondered if there was a proper emoticon for sarcasm, and now think that maybe I should create one (or a word or a sentence construction) to convey it in KÄ“len. Though, on second thought, that might defeat the purpose of using sarcasm in the first place.

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