CHAPTER FOUR: Lesson 3
Task One: End of Visitation
Here we will focus on passing objects.
After they visit for a while, during their conversation, the baby falls asleep on Eve’s shoulder and the toddler gets tired. Tatiana asks Eve…
a.) Tatiana: Ē e·dō·ne łe·tī·nā - (The baby·s sleeping?)
b.) Eve: Ē kho·ne nes·tīn. - (Yes, finally, he sleep)
Tatiana turns to the toddler and asks…
c.) Tatiana: Nīn·tēla. - (Are you gonna bed?)
The toddler answers drowsily…
d.) Toddler: Du·we edu nēs·tēł. - (No I’m not going to bed)
e.) Tatiana: Bēł asilah an·dū·dēli. - (I’m sleepy, let’s go home)
Task Two: Passing Object
In the Tałtān language there are different stem classifiers that classify the differences between objects. Classifiers are used to distinguish the differences in the make-up of objects. there are classifiers for long objects, textile objects, rope like objects etc. here we will learn how the classifiers work.
Tatiana prepares to leave and asks Adam…
E ts’a·k’i’ es-ghān·chush - (That bunting bag, pass it) In this case a stem classifier is used in the word to pass/give. The classifier is the -chush in es-ghan-chush.
Adam hands the bag.
b.) Adam: Na’a. - (Here, take it)
Then she turns to Eve and asks…
c.) Tatiana: Es-dō·ne d’ā·tse·dle es-ghān·teł. - (My child, pass him/her to me) In this case a stem classifier is used in the word to pass/give. The classifier is the -teł in the phrase es-ghan-tēł.
The baby starts to cry when Tatiana places him baby in the bunting and then puts the bunting on and asks her toddler…
d.) Tatiana: Ē bottle es-ghān·tīł. - (The bottle, pass it) In this case a stem classifier is used in the word to pass/give. The classifier is the -tīł in the phrase es-ghan-līł.
e.) Eve: En-dō·ne tse·dle e’in·t’otch - (Your baby, breast-feed it)
Tatiana feeds the baby.
Meanwhile, Adam putting back his hunting gear into his Trapper Nelson’s pack board and asks the toddler to…
f.) Adam: E tlūł es-ghān·lēł. –
T - (That rope, pass it) In this case a stem classifier is used in the word to pass/give. The classifier is the -lēł in the phrase es-ghan-lēł.
g.) Toddler: Na’a. - (Here take it)
h.) Adam: Es-bēze es-ghā·nā. - (My knife, pass it) In this case a stem classifier is used in the word to pass/give. The classifier is the -nā in the phrase es-ghan-nā.
Na’a. - (Here take it)
Task Three: Leaving
A visiting must come to an end.
Collecting her kids and the baby bag she responds to her aunt and uncle’s hospitality.
a.) Tatiana: Me·duh. Mēduh, ē be·de, dī·ghi eł es-ghan·kāł duga. - (Thanks for the food and tea you gave me. In this case a stem classifier is used in the word to pass/give. The classifier is the -kā in the phrase es-ghan-kā.
b.) Both (Eve and Adam): Ē - (Yes)
Then Adam says to Tatiana....
c.) Adam: So·ga e’dēn·t’īn. - (Take care of yourself)
Tatiana responds by saying......
d.) Tatiana: Ē na·nus·t’isi. - (See you later)
Tatiana and her kid’s head home to awaiting beds, the toddler lagging behind Tatiana commands…
e.) Tatiana: Kha·di nan·di! - (Hurry up!)
Task Four: Bedtime
Bedtime is something we all do every night! Here we cover bedtime communication.
They return home to a warm house, the father (Ryan) lying on the couch enjoying his relaxed evening from a hard days work of getting wood. Referring to the toddler, Tatiana says to her husband…
a.) Tatiana: Nah·teł. Ts’ede t’an·te. - (He’s sleepy. Put him to bed)
Ryan takes the toddler to bed and asks him…
b.) Ryan: Bēł ani·lā - (Are you sleepy?)
The child lies down without answering, falls asleep. Ryan goes back to his wife as she takes the baby out of the bunting and she tells him…
c.) Tatiana: Ho’i·dēs̱·ts̱et, nēs·tēł. - (I’m tired, I’m gonna go to bed)
d.) Ryan: Ē. - (Okay)
e.) Tatiana: Tsets o·da·ka·dīn·le. - (Put wood in). In Tahltan there is a difference in how you would say to ’put wood in a campfire’ as opposed to ’putting wood in the stove’. In this case the phrase for putting wood in the stove is used.
f.) Ryan: Ē. - ()kay)
Ryan loads the stove then turns down the thermostat. Ryan gets in bed and tells his wife…
g.) Ryan: So·ga nīn·te. - (Sleep well!)
h.) Tatiana: Ne·di·chā. - (I love you)
i.) Ryan: Sin k’a·j, ne·di·chā. - (I too, love you)
This concludes Day One.
Congratulations you have now rewired your Tałtān language physiology and you have a vast array of Tałtān words, phrases and communicational sentences at your disposal to use in your daily activities. Remember to use these words, phrases and sentences. You are now well on you’re way to speaking Tałtān.