Example from lesson with Josh –

Ubungathini?
I parsed this as follows:
U-be-{wo-}nga-THI-ni?

The root of this predicative interrogative sentence is the following:
THI, an irregular verb denoting to Say, Speak or Mean.

Reading the particles of the verb as it is expressed, the following is the combined meaning:

You-contingent-{remote}can-SAY-what?
Translated as:
What would you have said in this instance?

It’s a thoroughly beautiful phrase, especially when one considers the fact that any -bu- sound that early in a predicative reminds the hearer of the abstract Noun Class, characterized by nouns such as ubuntu and ububi.

Another predicative interrogative from the lesson with Josh –

Wawungenzenjani?

This presented some interesting parsing too:

You (Remote Past) – you (repetition denoting remoteness or contingency) – can – DO – {subjunctive} – resembling – what?
Or
You could have potentially done something like what?
Or
What would you have done in this instance?

I love this language.

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