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NP3 - Sentences
Transcript of NP3 - Sentences
It's very easy.
The one that's doing something in the sentence (the subject) gets a -ìl / -l in the end.
For example; Neytiri-l
The one that's receiving the action (the object) gets a -ti / -it.
For example; Teylu-ti.
& other important stuff
Na'vi has a flexible word order.
There are some things that you need to remember though.
The possessed thing (as learned in previous lesson) should be next to the possessor.
As you soon will learn, that is also the way for adjectives and the thing described.
Remember to put "ma" in front of the one/ones you're talking to.
You can think of them as happy couples that like to live together.
By "flexible", we mean that the following sentences about Jake have the same meaning. In English, there's a big difference between "Jakesully eats" and "eats Jakesully". The meaning changes if the word changes place. This does not happen in Na'vi. It doesn't really matter what thing is placed first in the sentence. Or last. Or in the middle.
To prove my point, let us look at a longer sentence. The sentences
below all mean the same thing. As you see, the and stay together, because they are a "happy couple."
Neytiril yom sneyä teyluti.
Yom sneyä teyluti Neytiril.
Sneyä teyluti Neytiril yom.
Teyluti sneyä Neytiril yom.
Neytiril yom teyluti sneyä.
Yom teyluti sneyä Neytiril.
You know all words in that sentence but "teyluti". That is a "teylu"
I thought she was called Neytiri..
It's most likely that what's described in the sentence is this scenario,
but how can you be sure?
So- to describe this:
What is doing something? Neytiri = Neytiri-l
What's receiving the action? Teylu = Teylu-ti
Neytiril yom teyluti.
She is called Neytiri. The "l" you just encountered is a
rule in Na'vi. If the word order is flexible... Think of this:
How do you know that "Neytiri yom teylu" means this:
... and not this:
But what if..
..I wanna describe this?
Just do the same thing as before.
What's doing something? Teylu = Teylu-l
What's receiving the action?
Neytiri = Neytiri-ti
"Teylul yom Neytiriti."
Or "Yom teylul Neytiriti."
Or "Neytiriti teylul yom."
And they all mean the same thing.
Oel ngati kameie
Now you should be able to understand this sentence a bit better.
"Oe-l nga-ti kameie"
The verb in this sentence is "kame" which has been changed into "kameie". We will look closer at this in a lesson further on.
"Oel ngati kameie"
If the word ends in a consonant,
let's say ikran, toruk or nantang, then you use
Both and are okay.
If the word ends in a vowel, for example
Eywa, teylu or tsko, then you use and .
Sometimes is shortened into just a .
(But not if the word ends in a consonant.)
-ìl or -l? -it or -ti?
Sometimes this phrase is shortened to just "Ngati kame".
This is lesson three in the Na'vi language.
This will teach you how to make a sentence and something called lenition.
Tul ne sa'nok ngeyä!
In the previous lesson, you might have wondered why
"po" turned into "fo" when you added "me+", "pxe+" or "ay+".
Why is that?
This is caused due to something called lenition.
Lenition changes the first letter in a word.
po, ayfo, mefo, pxefo
P F K H T S Ts S
Px P Kx K Tx T '
becomes becomes becomes disappears
becomes becomes becomes becomes
When does it happen?
When you use one of the affixes or adpositions to the left, then lenition happens. We know ay+, me+ and pxe+.
We will learn more along the way.
Now we know why ayfo
is just ayfo and not aypo.
ay + p = ayf
Once lenition has occurred when ay+ is added to a word starting with a sound that lenites, you have the option to drop the ay+ and just let the lenition show that it's plural. This is the short plural.
If I want to write that there are many "teylu",
I could choose to write .
Although, I can also just choose to write .
That is enough to show that there is a plural of "teylu".
With a word like "nantang" on the other hand, you can't do the same.
The plural is only . Why?
Because it doesn't begin in a letter that's in the .
What you know
the word order of Na'vi
how to use -ìl and -it
lenition and the lenition box
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The two suffixes