Re: Thank you & Sabyuka (Was: Re: Knowledge-related roots in sabyuk)
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, August 10, 2002, 18:09|
[This should have gone to the list! Wesley, apparently you
had it set to reply to yourself, not the list.]
On Thu, 08 Aug 2002 21:58, Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> Actually it's a good subject of discussion on this list: how you all say
> "thank you" in your languages?
To thank properly in Phaleran requires knowing your social
status. To perceived compatriots and members of the same
caste, one uses _sikâri_, which is simply "to thank". To
those of somewhat higher castes, such as clerics or
upper-level bourgeoisie, one says _twailatþe th'eresswanti_,
lit. "your grace commands". (The plurality of the suffix -tþe,
makes reference to the class as a whole, i.e., "the grace
inherent in someone like you", as plurality is not normally
an indicator of honorifics; note also that the suffix -nt-
is singular, not plural -nn-.) To those of the novitiate nobility,
one says _thalenkabronti_, lit. "I am cleansed". Although
very, very few people every come into regular contact with
the terrestrial nobility, there are special forms for them:
_rankaruo th'ereskwâlti_ "as at [my] ablution you would command".
(The verb _th'eresswa_ "command", in fact, is an all-purpose
politeness marker; just about anything can be made more polite
by its use.)
>And do you know of any "strange" or unusual
> ways of thanking, whether in conlangs or natlangs?
There is a special ablution ritual on Phalera during the periodic
eclipses by Gelenê, during which one ritually thanks one's family
and ancestors. This takes the form of a blessing:
eaniwo twailal eo tyâs
shadow.DAT grace.3Sg 3Sg 2SgBEN
"The shadow's grace be upon you", lit. "In the shadow, his
grace [be] for you."
Not to do so would bring on inauspicious events.
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