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Re: Saying "Thank you."

From:Douglas Koller, Latin & French <latinfrench@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 29, 2001, 20:16
Sally Caves wrote:

>How do you say "thank you" in your conlangs? >How do you analyze it grammatically, and how >do you pronounce it?
Well, I'm a little behind on this, but I just finished catching up on the 1200+ messages left in my mailbox here at school (could've gone "no mail", but thought I'd be in enough times over the summer to keep the volume at bay -- wrong!). Anyhoo, in Géarthnuns: To one person, the full expression is: Sí la öçkek síuthta. [si la 'YCkEk 'sjuTta] I-nominative present.tense you-dative thank-hortative.mood That I may thank you. Would I could thank you. etc.... To two people: Sí la skomaz síuthta. [si la 'skomaz 'sjuTta] Ditto, but with the dual form for "you". To three or more: Sí la kfazhal síuthta. [si la 'kfaZal 'sjuTta] You get the idea. Less formally, there are: Öçkek síuthta.; Skomaz síuthta.; Kfazhal síuthta. Least formally, it's the rather brusque "Síuthta". Best to use only with immediate family members and *very* good friends as you're running out the door to catch a bus. Certainly not a good first choice if one harbored any delusions of getting some nooky that night. Kou