I am sorry that yesterday’s Word of the Day was not as clear as I had planned it to be. I want to express that Klamath is a very learnable language. No language is easy. Any person who wants to learn another language must try hard. Being able to make sentences is the very foundation of every language.
ni lictakiabli! I will try hard again!
We will start off with the sentence: ni naka domna. I hear the cinnamon bear.
1. There are 6 other subject pronouns we can use in this sentence to replace “ni.”
i naka domna. You hear the cinnamon bear. sa naka domna. They hear the cinnamon bear. In each of these examples we replaced the subject of the sentence with a different pronoun.
2. The object can be replaced as well. There are many possible nouns we can use.
ni witem domna. I hear a bear. ni lilhanks domna. I hear a deer. ni kols domna. I hear a badger.
3. The verb can be replaced. Instead of “domna” we can use sle-a with no change to the sentence.
ni naka sle-a. I see a cinnamon bear. ni lilhanks sle-a. I see a deer. ni kols sle-a. I see a badger.
4. The verb can be further altered by adding suffixes.
ni naka domnat. I can hear the cinnamon bear.
ni naka domnawapka. I will hear the cinnamon bear.
ni naka domnopka. I want to hear the cinnamon bear.
So, with one small sentence to start, we can build many other possible sentences.
So, in this exercise we used 7 pronouns. We used 3 nouns. we used 2 verbs. We used 3 suffixes. 7X3X2X3=126 sentence possibilities. There are many, many more. But I wanted to show you the process of generating many sentences.