'Thank you' in a:seka`eni
|From:||James W. <emindahken@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, June 7, 2006, 15:11|
(The macron got mangled las time, so I'm going to just use
naraki to everyone who responded to my request yesterday!
Even to those who have boring ways to say Thank you :)))
I have decided that in a:seka`eni thanks is expressed by
variaions of "You helped me" for deeds that benefit the
speaker, and "You are kind" for kind words/compliments
(naraki for the idea, Senno!)
There are two versions of "You are kind":
(oteru is a stative verb, and thus only accepts patientive
forms of the pronoun.)
There are also two polite versions of "You help[ed] me":
These are typically shortened to "naraki" with friends/relatives.
For "Thank you very much" a:seka`eni has "You have helped me a lot"
o‘a: narakipe lau
o‘a: na-raki-pe lau
be.big 1SG.PAT-help-2PL.AGT IMPERF
(Stative verbs can function as adverbs in their uninflected "dictionary"
I think that about covers it...