STYRÁSH QUESTIONS

QUESTIONS BY INTONATION - QUESTIONS WITH INTERROGATIVE WORDS

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.

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EXAMPLES OF QUESTIONS BY INTONATION
Styrásh Tharian

Vaiát nó uím

He sees us (statement)

Vaiát nó uím?
Does he see us? (question) Return to the top
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Questions with Interrogative Words. More specific questions usually make use of the word , 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 . 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.

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EXAMPLES OF QUESTIONS WITH INTERROGATIVE WORDS
Styrásh Tharian

Aferát só aferó sóh aehían

The thief steals the things (statement)

Aferát só aferó aehían?
What (which things) does the thief steal?
Efersíti áey sá masyrthím? Who (which person) burnt the fish?
Aleát nó ranthá? Why (for what reason) is he singing?
Eophyranté naí ácdainá? When (on which days) do they hunt?
Efersíti sá masyrthím? Who/what burnt the fish?
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Sometimes, one might also find 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. Return to the top

 Date of last edit 10th Awakening Earth 1672 a.S.

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