Test Sentences, 30

Continuing with Gary’s list:

  1. Were you born in this village?

Ooh, questions! Questions are formed with the quasi-evidential dubitive adverb dÉ›mÉ›, which expresses doubt. So you don’t actually ask a question, you express doubt about a statement, inviting affirmation or correction.

Asking about where you were born is idiomatic. It involves using the class IV noun molola “birth event” as a source. (Giving birth involves tɨŋi molola, with the birth event as the destination.)

52. molola ŋidi sɛdɛ dɛspɛ dɛmɛ?

molola
birth.SSsg
Å‹idi
2P.MTsg
sɛttɛ
sɛdɛ.PRF
dɛspɛ
village.SSsg
dɛmɛ
DUB

In KÄ“len:

52. ñarra jamāranrie sū jakēste il jamōla kēñ;

ñ-
NI
arra
2SG
jamāra
home
-nrie
yours
sū
in
jakēste
town
il
since
jamōla
birth
kēñ
Q

Questions?