Lesson #18: Visiting Michael’s

Leda Jules: Pelly Banks dialect

 

First and second person (I and you) forms of common perfective (past tense) verbs (At home)


Mom: Michael kǭ́ą̄ yā dénhʼen-ā?
Michael-house-what-you did-information question
What did you do at Michael’s?
Son: Video games yéh kedzéntąh.
Video games-with-we played
We played video games.
Mom: Kū́hʼáné īntsḗd-am?
Over there-you ate-question
Did you eat dinner over there?
Son: Potato chips zelé ēstsḗt, īyéh dūłą̄́ estsets.
Potato chips-only-I ate, then-not-I eat
I ate some potato chips and then I didnʼt eat anything.
Mom: Dīh sestʼeʼ īyéh salad sestsīn.
Chicken-I cooked-and then-salad-I made
I cooked some chicken and I made a salad.
Son: Dūłą̄́ dídū dzenḗs estsedī yéh łā́néyéh desbét.
Not-now-day-I eat-and-really-I am hungry
I havenʼt eaten today and Iʼm really hungry
Mom: Łā́néyéh nístlōn entsets!
Really-lots-you eat
Eat lots!
Dūłą̄́ video game yéh kenentąh!
Not video games-with-you play
Donʼt play video games!
Ī ghąh dūłą̄́ entsets.
That-with-not-you eat.
Thatʼs why you donʼt eat
Helen: Etsén sestʼeʼ!
I cooked meat.
Kolā īntsḗd-am?
Have you eaten already?
Debbie: Ham, kolā ēssḗt.
I’ve eaten already.
Pat: Denegūkḗdīkǭ́ą̄ tsʼį̄́ʼ dāsyal.
I am going to the store.
Denegūkḗdīkǭ́ą̄ tsʼī́ʼ dī́nyā-am?
Are you going to the store?
Sam: Ham, Denegūkḗdīkǭ́ą̄ tsʼį̄́ʼ gésdah
Yes, I’ve gone to the store already.
Linda: Elsěʼ yéh gésdah.
I am walking around with my dog.
Brett: Kolā nelěʼ yéh gíndah-am?
Are you walking around with your dog?
Linda: Ham, kolā elsěʼ yéh gísdah.
Yes, I was already walking around with my dog.
Cora: Esʼējé’ nénēssík
I sewed my dress.
Kolā ne’ḗjé’ nénīntsíg-am?
Did you sew your dress?
Frankie: Ham, kolā es’ējé’ nénēssík.
Yes, I sewed my dress.
Jenny: Kolā eshomework gūdesgits
I am already writing my homework.
Homework kolā gūdengidz-am?
Are you writing your homework?
Heidi: Ham, kolā homework gūdīsgits.
I have already written my homework.