Test Sentences, 51

Continuing with Gary’s list:

  1. When will your guests from the city arrive?

OK a question with an actual question word. This took a little thinking, and I think I am satisfied by how I did this, but I reserve the right to change it later.

First, for guests, we use madÉ›lÉ›. Arriving is susi N ono where N is arriving. Guests from the city requires a relative clause, and I am going to use “other village” rather than “city”: madÉ›lÉ› ma dÉ›spÉ› hɨde tɨŋi.

Now for the question word “when”. For this we are going to use the phrase baÅ‹i ɨlɨŋi which means “which time” or “some time”. We will also use the dubitive dÉ›mÉ› as we did in other questions.

73. susi madɛlɛna ma dɛspɛ hɨde tɨŋi ono baŋi ɨlɨŋi dɛmɛ.

susi
here
madɛlɛna
guest.MTpl
ma
REL
dɛspɛ
village.SSsg
hɨde
other.SSsg
tɨŋi
tɨŋi.IMP
ono
ono.IMP
baŋi
which
ɨlɨŋi
time.SSsg
dɛmɛ
DUB

In KÄ“len:

73. ñi malāsēli rū jamāonre rā þō ilkēñ;

ñi
NI
malāsēli
guests
rū
from
jamāonre
city
rā
to
þō
here
il-
when
kēñ
Q

Questions?