Questions by Intonation. Unlike Tharian, Styrásh
questions do not involve a change in word order. Yes-no questions are formed
purely by using a different pattern of intonation; the words themselves are
unchanged and no words are added. In writing, such questions are distinguished
from statements using punctuation as is the case in Tharian.
Questions with Interrogative Words. More specific questions usually make use of the
word mè, often translated as "what" or "which". Unlike those, however, it seems
to function as an article most of the time. It modifies nouns, appearing in the
same position, relative to the noun, as articles do, and replaces the article
that would normally be in the position.
The meanings expressed by
other Tharian interrogative words, such as "when" or "why", are also, more or
less, conveyed in Styrásh with the help of
mè. The actual meanings depend on the nouns it is
modifying, and are frequently more precise than the equivalent Tharian questions
need to be. Below are some examples demonstrating these uses.
Sometimes, one might also
find mè used without an accompanying noun for it to
modify, as if it were an interrogative pronoun, although such usage seems to be
relatively uncommon. While mè is not usually marked for case when used this way,
it is still possible, to some extent, to infer its case from the cases of the
other nouns in the question.
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