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Teri tsalì’u alu nìfkeytongay—About “nìfkeytongay”


I’ve been reminded that I haven’t yet officially introduced this useful word, although I had promised to in a
comment in a previous post. So here it is:

nìfkeytongay (adv., nì.fkey.to.NGAY) ‘actually, as a matter of fact’

The word is most often used to contradict something already said or implied—to “set the record straight,”
so to speak. For example:

listen*


(NUMEYU: Tok pesenget pamrelìl? Tsat ngal tswolänga’ nìlam.

PAWL: Nìfkeytongay ke tswola’ kaw’it. :-)  )

Our Neytiri nailed the derivation of this word:

nì-[tìfkeytok+angay]—that is, “true situation-ly.” The historical stages along the way might have been:

*nìtìfkeytokangay > nìtfkeytokngay (unstressed vowels dropped) > nìfkeytongay (consonants at the end of
syllables dropped, making the pronunciation easier and more flowing)
« Last Edit: June 04, 2014, 04:34:41 pm by Tìtstewan »

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