johnH wrote:But so many prefixes! ‹O.O›' that makes me want to study it now.
Best of luck to you if you do start learning it!
Formiko wrote:johnH wrote:But so many prefixes! ‹O.O›' that makes me want to study it now.
Tlingit has prefixes, infixes and suffixes. I'll give you an example
to sing yashee
to sing loudly sasiaax
She sings off key A goowanáax awé yaa sanasáx
Look how the root -shee- changes. The third person progressive for sasiaax has a seemingly random sana- added as a prefix. But this verb is NOT irregular. That's just how that word is conjugated. Every verb practically has a completely new conjugation. BTW, yaa denotes third person in this verb. It's technically not a prefix, but a separate word.
he knows him kei at gooxshagóok
I don’t know why but this sounds rather something I’d be used to since I speak Navajo. Though, the only thing would be finding a speaker from which to learn correct Tłingit from that is the only thing. I would like to have a try at Tłingit. The Tłingit have many similar sounds especially the "x" sounds and such which sound like highly aspirated ’h’s I guess is the closest possible way of saying it. Which is why I find it no trouble to pronounce "good" in Russian.
he makes him fall yei isgích or he pushes him
in the second sentence yei denotes down...someone falls down.
kei yax isgích means "He gets up" or "he falls up", however, if I forget to add yax before the verb and say instead kei isgích, I've said "He fell to his death", because a lack of an infix here denotes "completion", which can mean a couple of things, depending on the verb.
Yet, people speak this language everyday! Just imagine the mental acrobatics one has to do to tell a simple story. In my research, I was told that Tlingit is SO precise, so as not to cause any confusion. The language can sound short and abrupt, due to when you're hunting, there is no time to have full discussions, so short, quick "infixes" are used to give detailed instructions without any confusion.
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