Word of the Day

dic mbosant nanokens!

(Good morning everyone!)

gen waytas ndanniks gi

(Today is Thursday.)


We have examined how tense can be indicated in Klamath. We have seen that every verb can be either present or past tense and that we can use Time Elements to show which tense is indicated at any particular time. How would we indicate the future tense? Well, there is a suffix that indicates the future tense. and I will show how it is used. I will also show a Time Element that is used for the future tense.


As you know, my demonstration sentence is: ni yayna sle-a. To make this a future action, I would attach the suffix -wapka to the verb. So, that will give us: ni yayna slewapka (I will see the mountain). The verb “sle-a” makes an unusual change when suffixes are added. The final “a” is dropped before suffixes so in this case we get slewapka.


The Time Element that indicates the future is: mbosant. This word has two(2) meanings. It means “tomorrow and it means “morning.” You will find this word on the hand out listed under “nouns.”


mbosant mi yayna slewapka (Tomorrow I will see the mountain). Time Elements are best used at the beginning of the sentence. This way the listener is “warned” of what is coming in the conversation. Word Order is very fluid in Klamath. I will say more about Word Order in the future or if you have questions, you can email me. I will get right to them-especially in the summer. Language is all about choice. People choose a particular pattern to speak. There is no “correct” pattern to follow in any language-just better ones. There are many patterns to choose from.   I can ask you where you are from  or from where do you come? Both are acceptable.

Tomorrow I will have an attach voice recording. I plan to make it a regular part of Word of the Day.Klamath nouns, verbs and non