Reclaiming Your Language


Reclaiming Your Language

We are going to make a change of topic for a bit. We are going to look at colors. Remember, Klamath is a language of suffixes and prefixes. So, there are a couple suffixes and one prefix we will look at. 1. -tgi= makes the color (an adjective) a verb. hot gos taktgi. That tree […]

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I often say that Klamath is a language of suffixes. The process of adding suffixes to verbs and nouns is highly developed in Klamath. Adding suffixes and being able to identify them is a skill that everyone needs to learn. There are even a few prefixes that we need to work on. I am going […]

Reclaiming Your Language

We are going to start a new topic today. It is making a causative verb. The causative verb in Klamath is made by adding a prefix to the verb. The prefix is h__s + verb.The blank space is for the  first vowel of the verb. With verbs that have more than 1 vowel as the […]

Reclaiming Your Language

Of course, for you to do this exercise, it would be easier if I actually showed you how to do it. Every verb in Klamath can make at least three nouns. Surprise! The nouns are made with suffixes! That probably wasn’t a surprise. But the nouns are really very easy to make. I refer to […]

Reclaiming Your Language

We will start this section today. It is for the more advanced students of Klamath who have been plugging away for some time. We are going to be looking at verbs we don’t know yet. Making the nouns we can from each and using them in sentences we construct. When we make sentences we need […]

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One of the most used verbs in Klamath is “gi.” It means: is, was, were, are, am, have, had, get, got and more. These are the most common meanings. When translating a sentence with “gi” as the verb, most of the times it will mean: is. It might be helpful to translate “gi” until the last […]

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This exercise we have been illustrating can be expanded to meet every single sentence you can think of. When you get tired of using the nouns you have access to, you can look up a new batch of nouns in the Gatschet dictionary. I will try to make other lists of nouns. But you will […]

Starting today we will have a separate email for Reclaiming Your Language. We will be examining new verbs, making nouns from them and making as many different sentences as possible. That means we will be using as many suffixes as we can. I seem to remember sending out the list of suffixes. If not, I can do it again.

We will start with 10 verbs and see how it goes.

1. lbena=to dig                                                      6. lolwa=to sleep outdoors

2. lbuka=to exist, be alive                                   7. luyega=to lift up

3. ledsha=to knit                                                   8. haspa=to feed

4. le-ola=to be lost, to wander                            9. masa=to taste, to be sick

5. lokanka=to be lost, to wander                       10. macatka=to pay attention, to listen

Do you remember how to make nouns?

1st noun= add the suffix is. It means the person doing the action of the verb or the action itself.

2nd noun= add the suffix -as. Generally this means: verb + ing. It can also be another form of the noun.

3rd noun=add the suffix -otkis. This is the tool or instrument used to do the action of the verb. This noun is a group of nouns. i.e. sle-otkis=telescope, pair of glasses, microscope, magnifying glass. Other I am sure.