I’m self-publishing my first poetry collection, “The Autumn Station,” in November. And now that I’ve committed to it on the internet, I can’t wuss out!
Mayka tiki wawa Chinuk Wawa? Mayka tuʔan computer? Nawitka, mayka tuʔan computer.
(You want to speak Chinuk Wawa? Do you have a computer? Yes, you have a computer (obviously).
Itka ukuk? Where Are Your Keys ukuk! (Well, Where Are Your Keys video ukuk).
(What’s this? It’s Where Are Your Keys! (Well, a Where Are Your Keys video, [anyway]).
I’ve been learning Chinuk Wawa via google hangouts for about a month now using “Where Are Your Keys.” Here’s the latest video. It was interesting trying to figure out where the negation goes. Example:
Alda wik nakya tiki mayka uskan (Now no I want your cup)
wik alda nayka tiki mayka uskan (No now I want your cup).
It turns out that the negation goes at the beginning of the sentence. YAY LINGUISTICS.
One afternoon, as all linguists do, I was sitting on my couch making weird noises, trying to figure out the non-English IPA symbols. I stumbled on the shaded parts of the graph, supposedly outlining impossible articulations. A velar trill is supposed to be impossible. Yet I’m fairly sure I managed it. It just involves nearly unhinging your lower jaw and make my tongue do some crazy backwards bending-folding thing.
FYI, whatever I discovered, it’s the Chewbacca noise.
I have created sentences that are well-formed but will never be used in a sane, meaningful conversation.
Linguistics, University of Kwa Zulu Natal
Phonetic transcription of the chorus of ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ by The Proclaimers.