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Re: conlang greetings? (was Re: Let me introduce myself)

From:Jesse Bangs <jaspax@...>
Date:Sunday, December 2, 2001, 22:59
> --- Yoon Ha Lee froge sionk: > > Okay, anyone else? I'll collect greetings in people's conlangs and > > compile them onto my website (with permission, of course).
In Yivríndil, the standard greeting is "Aiya," and the leave-taking is "Laiya." Neither has any formal meaning--they're like "Hello" in English. However, because "aiya" looks like a verb, a verb "aiya" meaning "to greet" and a noun "ai" 'greetings' have been back-formed. More formally one might say: Voaiya daruivona ("great greetings by my pleasure") Volaiya iloivona ("leave-takings with my sadness") Jesse S. Bangs Pelíran jaspax@ "We couldn't all be cowboys Some of us are clowns" --Counting Crows