In most other language courses, we'd be learning appropriately useful questions like "Where is the bathroom?" or "How are you doing?" at this stage. How refreshing to learn "Is this my sword?" first!
I'm pretty excited too. In the most other courses, this time we would be learning "This is a boy" or "This girl is crazy", but, it's so good to learn "Is this my sword"! I love High Valyrian!
Yeah I'm pretty sure it's because of the question mark. I don't understand the difference between saying "Bisy ñuha korze issa?" and "Kesy ñuha korze issa?" though.
I think it might be down to how they view swords, it's more than an inanimate object like a table, it's alive?
Why don't genitive pronouns agree with the noun case? Or does it? IDK, but interesting I think.
It's a possessive adjective, not a genitive pronoun. The genitive would be "Kesy yno korze issa?" which would be roughly equivalent to "Is this one the sword of me?" Grammatical, maybe even understandable, but not something a native speaker would actually say.
For more on this, see http://wiki.dothraki.org/High_Valyrian_Pronouns.
What is the difference between "Bisy ñuha korze issa?" and "Kesy ñuha korze issa?"
"Bisy" is for animate nouns, so (as I understand it) people and animals. So I guess you would only use "Bisy ñuha korze issa" under very peculiar circumstances... for example:
If you were trying to imply your sword was alive (Stormbringer??)
You were calling a person, metaphorically, a "sword" (perhaps you are a Westerosi lord talking about one of your "Sworn Swords"?)
And that's weird enough as it is, but the circumstances would be even stranger if you were asking this as a question.
Ah I see what you mean now. Thanks for your help. I have another question though - is birds/bird an animate noun or inanimate because I've been having to use the inanimate k class for it? I guess it would make sense, for example if bird was just a classifier e.g. that bird is an owl. I'm not sure though. I hope that made sense.