Reclaiming Your Language

We will be adding a couple suffixes to the months of the year.

These suffixes are -dat  and -tga.

-dat the suffix -dat adds the meaning of “in.”

-tga the suffix -tga adds the meaning of “during.”

The suffix -dat is used to talk about an action that happens a few times-preferably once.

The suffix -tga is used to talk about an action that happens many times during the month  you are talking about.

When using the suffix -dat, you need to be aware of the possible changes that can take place=the “d” of -dat can change.

The “d” of -dat will remain a “d” when it occurs before a “k”, an “s” and an “a.” Every other time it changes.

In tgopo, the “d” becomes an “w.”

tgopowwat-here the double consonant plus -at tells you that the change is -dat. This means: In January.

tgopowatga means: During January.

Let’s use these in sentences.

tgopo=January             lapni tgopo=June

spelwish=February      lapni spelwish=July 

datglamni=March        ndanni tgopo=August

shinaktis=April             ndanni spelwish=September

kapca=May                  lapni datglamni=October

                                     lapni shinaktis=November

                                     lapni kapca=December

Think of something that happens in each month. Write it down in English and make it a Klamath sentence.

Now think of some things that happen throughout each month. Write it down in English and make it a Klamath sentence.

Writing it down really helps to remember the process.