Test Sentences, 13

Continuing with Gary’s list, and still experimenting with a one-a-day format:

  1. The two boys are working together.

Hmm. “are working”. That definitely implies motion, though it is motion in place. I suppose this can be expressed with a “to be” verb, using an abstract noun like “labor” as the destination: The two boys are standing in labor together. Yes. I like that. OK.

“Two boys” is the subject: kodna É›nna. The verb is sÉ›dÉ›, which is the default “to be” when humans are the subject. Labor, or rather “work, project”, is a class IV noun, kÉ›bÉ›dan, in the sessile singular. “Together” is the adverb nɨki:

32. kodna ɛnna sɛdɛ kɛbɛdan nɨki.

kodna
boy.MTpl
ɛnna
two.MTpl
sɛdɛ
sɛdɛ.IMP
kɛbɛdan
work.SSsg
nɨki
together

The two boys are working together.

In KÄ“len:

32. ñatta jakēwīke jānīke ā mamōīñi ēnne;

ñ-
NI
atta
3PC.A
jakēwīke
work
jānīke
joint
ā
A
mamōīñi
boys
Ä“nne
two

The two boys are working together. (The two boys are making joint work.)

Questions?