Lesson #33: Dallas

Leda Jules: Pelly Banks dialect

 

Sentences with embedded information questions


Don: TV gadzūnūhtáī!
TV-letʼs watch!
Letʼs watch TV.
Dorothy: Dallas kā ī dene sédī́htʼē meyḗndī́h-ām?
Dallas-on-that-person-bad-you remember-yes/no question?
Do you remember who the bad guy was on “Dallas”?
Don: Mezī́ JR gū́yē gḗneszen.
His name-JR-he’s called-I think like.
I think his name was J.R.
Wḗdé dūłą̄́ gūtīe gededīh.
Always-not-good-he lives.
He was always making trouble.
Dene kḗntʼēdé medzengedehdene.
People-all-they disliked him.
No one liked him.
Dorothy: Ī show yénéslīne.
That-show-I liked.
I liked that show.
JR meʼéhłī́gé mezī́ʼ yḗndī́h-ām?
JR-wife-her names-you know- yes/no question?
Do you remember what J.R’s wife’s name was?
Don: Sue Ellen mezī́ʼ gū́yē lā neszen.
Sue Ellen-her name-sheʼs called-assert-I think.
As I remember her name was Sue Ellen.
Mechū́dī́jé endū́é.
Her sense-nothing.
She didn’t have any sense.
Saʼā́ JR gāgáh nédeʼ łā́néyéh sédī́htʼē gólī́.
Long time-JR-with-she lived-really-bad-even so.
She stayed with J.R. for a long time, even though he was bad man.
Kūlhóné meghā́t nedésjā.
Finally-away from him-she went back.
But finally she left him.
Kūlhóné edī́yīhā́ł.
Finally-she threw him out.
Finally she threw him out.

Q1: Yā Don sehtʼē meyḗndī́h-ām?
Do you know what Don cooked?
A1: Kedātsén sehtʼe.
I think he fried some moose meat.
Q2: Dā gedésʼādze meyḗndī́h-am?
Do you know where they (2) went?
A2: Susan kǭ́ą̄ tsʼį̄́ʼ gedesʼādzī są̂ gīhtʼē.
They (2) must have gone to Susan’s.
S1: Dāhyegé keys nénelāʼ dūłą̄́ meyḗdī́h.
He can’t remember where he put the keys.
R1: Degṓdéʼ tʼā́t są̂ gūdehsahłāʼ są̂tʼē.
He might have left them in his coat.
S2: Dāne esgāgáh néneʼānī meghąh esdah ū́gētset.
I forgot that you lent me money.
S3: Łā́néyéh tsʼīdātlah yéh yā ghā́dé esdah ū́gūtsʼīde.
I don’t think I’ll ever forget how startled he was.
Q3: Ī gōt detʼele nédenhtsū́zī meyéndī́h-ām?
Do you remember when you bought that red jacket?
Q4: Kolā ten dekédī́ sį̄́ nenzen-ām?
Do you think the ice is thick enough?
Q5: Campbell Highway etīe-ām kʼah meyḗndī́h-ā?
Do you know whether the Campbell Highway is good?
A5: Dédū kolā etīe neszen.
I think it’s good now.
Q6: Pizza entsį̄h yḗndī́h-ām?
Do you know how to make pizza?
Q7: Dédū dzenés łédāyālī meyḗndī́h-ām?
Do you know whether he’s coming today?
A7: Tāchą̄ łédūyā́ sį̄́ éhdī neszen.
I think he said he would come tomorrow.
Q8: Dēhkʼeh plane génetʼāh yéh Whitehorse tsʼį̄́ʼ endzedēdeł-ā?
Do you know when we fly back to Whitehorse?
A8: Tsésnō gūjā́ déʼ plane nādéntʼā sį̄́ gedī.
It says our plane leaves at ten.