"What is your name?"
Translation:Ni haash yinilyé?
Any chance there might be a mini-lesson regarding the grammatical structure of each phrase?
OK. I don't get the words, order in proposition and why is it so long. Is there any native speaker around here to explain?
ni = you
haa = how
-sh = question marker
yinílyé = you are called (note the tones, it is not yinilyé). In the first and third person, it is yinishyé / wolyé.
Haash yinílyé? Dave yinishyé.
Yáʼatʼééh, shikʼis! (Sorry, but not sure if this is a correct greeting for "friends", and I am guessing if it can be used as a neutral gender addressing)
I have a question about this verb:
Does the pronunciation of yinílyé have a stressed syllable or is Navajo a language without a phonetic emphasis?
I am still guessing about this, but it seems, from the word phonetic descriptions, that any syllable is emphasized. Thanks in advance. :)
It's a pitch accent language pretty much like Japanese, and unlike Spanish. So no syllable gets special stress, but a low or high pitch. Note also that in the case of the syllable "ni" in a word, the "i" is often not pronounced and and the "n" becomes syllabic. Yinílyé sounds like yińlyé with a high tone "n". If you watch dereknak's video on déyá/díníyá/deeyá, for díníyá (which he spells dį́nį́yá), he actually pronounces díńyá. This effect is variously rendered in the orthography.
Could you possibly link the video? If it's on Youtube I'm not finding it.
Also I'm new to Duolingo, and even though I'm "following" that discussion I would never have known you replied to me if I hadn't checked manually myself. Is it that replies to replies are not notified but only new messages?
Usually, you will be notified of all replies to a discussion, regardless of whether the reply was directly to you or not. I'm not sure why it wouldn't have emailed you. :/ Can you let me know if you get this?
I am not hearing any spoken words. I can't seem to find anything i haven't checked to make that possible. It is working in the German lessons.
As far as I know, the Navajo course doesn't have any audio right now. I presume they're working on it.