Rou Soulatlouy - Gawu kouna'n (good afternoon/evening)

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* indicates a phrase that was reconstructed by language staff, based on similar phrases by elder speakers.

Gawu kouna’n. [DP-kt, BJ-gr]Good afternoon/evening. (“It’s starting to get dark.”)
1. Hi kounurr. [JJ-gr]It’s late. / It’s dark.
2. Gawa litwalh.[EB+JJ-gr]
Gawu litwalh. [EB-gr, DP-kt]
I’m getting sleepy.
3. Gawu litwalhut. [EB-gr]
You’re getting sleepy.
4. Gawu litwaduqh. [EB-gr]
S/he is getting sleepy.
5. Da loughu. [EB-gr]
I’m yawning.
6. Da loughut.*
You’re yawning.
7. Loughouy. [EB-gr]
S/he/someone yawns.
8. Va diqhlhil. [JJ-gr]
I’m going to bed/to lie down.
9. Diqhlhi’lu! [DP-kt]
Go to bed! / Lie down!
10. Hi diqhlhim. [JJ+EB-gr]
S/he went to bed/lay down.
11. (Gou) vitsurrugh! [EB-gr]
Go (back) to sleep!
12. Gawitw. [EB+JJ-gr, DP-kt]
I’m going to sleep.
13. Shou gawitwaduk. [??-ak]
Let’s go to sleep.
14. Gawitwilh. [JJ+EB-gr, DP-kt]
S/he goes to sleep. / S/he starts to sleep.
15. Vi’nitwou’mut!*
Sweet dreams! (“dream about it [something good]!”)

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