Re: a call for conlang greetings!
|From:||Nihil Sum <nihilsum@...>|
|Date:||Monday, October 21, 2002, 2:12|
A bit of a late reply to this thread, but...
Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
>I'm interested in new greetings and farewells--enough just to get a taste
>for the conlang in question. Send them to me, on- or off-list, with the
>name of your conlang, whatever name you wish to go by, and the conlang
>website (if any).
(informal, also means "bye", see also below)
(niir, usan, c'eraz, are all in the accusative, implying "I wish you a
good..."; |aya| is also used instead of |iz'na|)
Kunie c'et? / C'u kiostac'?
-How are you?
(while |kunie c'et| literally means "how you-are?", |c'u kiostac'| means
"are you in good health/spirits" and is usually answered yes/no. But there's
like six words each for "yes" and for "no"*)
Aya / aiki / kiostac'em
-I am well.
(|aya| = "good"; "aiki" = well / healthy; |kiostac'em| is a contraction of
|kiostac' c'em|, meaning "in-good-health I-am")
Dumen / finaki / finkiostac'em
-I am not well
(|dumen| = "bad"; "finaki" = "ill health"; |finkiostac'em| is a contraction
of |fina kiostac' c'em|, meaning "in-ill-health I-am")
... yan mos'iz
-My name is ...
(literally "... me-ACC call-3pl", or "they call me...")
Kunie lon mos'iz?
-What is your name?
(how do they call you?)
-Nice to meet you
(from |kuna strec'dive| meaning "enjoyable in the act of meeting")
-see you later
(contraction of |nar strec'aku| "until meeting")
(enjoy the rest [of the day, year, your life etc]; may be made specific for
time: |Iz'na c'eraza blovut| "have a nice night (goodnight)"; |Iz'na enoc'ar
blovut| "have a nice life (never see you again)"
-bye! (vai is kind of like "aloha" this way)
That's about it.
* and if you want to know, the words for yes/no are as follows:
Sai, s'e, aan, ven, ne, neven
Mie, mai, mi, hi, pu, puven
(I counter-endorse everything below this line.)
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