Be a geek like me!

Fsh Want to try your hand at a little language learning and analysis?  The data below is from my language learning notes. See if you can figure out how to make the plural of the mmm-BELLY-may word for "fish".  Post it in the comments to see if you're right, don't worry about the exact characters, I'll know if you got it or not.

 

English

mmm-BELLY-may

singular

mmm-BELLY-may

plural

goat

kÿÞ buÎoÎkÿ

siî buÎoÎsi

cat

kÿÞ nýÎnÎtikÿ

siî nýÎnÎtiîsi

fish

kÿÞ paÎakÿ

????

 

Notes:  The backwards “c”ý-  is pronounced like the vowel in “ cot.”  The backwards “3” -ÿ- is pronounced like the vowel in “bed.”  The lines above the vowels mark tone.  Ask me about tone after I’ve had a few more months to study it back in Benin!

 

 

Published by Nora McNamara

Lover of languages and linguistics. Besotted Auntie. Jesus follower. Sacred Harp singer.

6 thoughts on “Be a geek like me!

  1. you’ve got the ending right, Lor, and you win the prize for being the bravest. C’mon, I know some other geeks read this blog!

  2. hmmm, I wonder if the fonts are turning up funny on your computers, because there’s no ‘l’ in fish in mmmBELLYmay. I’m thinking you got it right, Kelly. Do you doubt my ability to say fish? : )

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