What Has Crayfish Been Doing?


Unless there is a difficult word, no more indications of pronunciation have been given. Crayfish says with writing pronunciation it is out over its head in water. It does give a clue, for what it is worth, that the stressed syllables are found on the even vowels if you count them from the front of the word.

Tsu'ka' t ne' ne utsi'ehta' u'waa' uka' ne' kw uska't.
The Raccoon has said that Crayfish meat tastes good, but it tastes funny.

You will notice right away that connecting particles like ne' and ne as well as the word for "but" which is ne' kw do not begin with Oh! You will also notice that Raccoon's name begins with ts like so many other names. All the other words in the sentence begin with Oh! You can almost speak Mingo just with Oh! words.

Uka' means "it tastes good".
Uska't means "it tastes funny".
U'waa' means "meat, its meat".
t means "it has said, it was saying, it said, it is saying". The linguists call this form the "Stative", but being a Crayfish, I don't call it anything. It is for action words without any specific limitations.

Crayfish does a lot of things in the Stative, without any specific limitations on the time.

Utsi'ehta' utahkway'. Crayfish has parked it there.
Utsi'ehta' u'sy. Crayfish has dragged it.
Pronounce sy like the shy in "fresh yams". Oh'-shyon(g).
Utsi'ehta' uhkwi'h'. Crayfish has tidied up.
Utsi'ehta' u'skta'. Crayfish has got burnt.
Utsi'ehta' uhs'. Crayfish has begun.
Utsi'ehta' u'st'. Crayfish has stretched it on a frame.
Utsi'ehta' uhsu. Crayfish has painted it.
Utsi'ehta' u'nyak'. Crayfish has run away.
Utsi'ehta' uhtu. Crayfish has dived in.
Utsi'ehta' u'nikh'. Crayfish has forgotten.
Utsi'ehta' uht'. Crayfish loses it.
Utsi'ehta' ute'nikh'. Crayfish has sewn it.
Utsi'ehta' utahtyawt. Crayfish has avoided it.
Utsi'ehta' u'nk. Crayfish has begged for it.
Utsi'ehta' ukt. Crayfish has come.
Utsi'ehta' u'hths. Crayfish has peeled it.
Pronounce ths like the ts is "fatso". Oh'-HO-tson(g).
Utsi'ehta' uk. Crayfish has heard it.
Utsi'ehta' u'hnyn'. Crayfish has fallen over.
Utsi'ehta' usyn. Crayfish has done it, has got dressed.
Utsi'ehta' ukw Crayfish has kept it.
Utsi'ehta' ushkw. Crayfish has bitten it.
Utsi'ehta' y. Crayfish has arrived.
Utsi'ehta' usw. Crayfish has thrown it away.
Utsi'ehta' uy'hi'. Crayfish has made a mistake.
Utsi'ehta' ust'. Crayfish has cried.
Utsi'ehta' uyth. Crayfish has planted it.
Utsi'ehta' usteist. Crayfish has arranged it.
Utsi'ehta' uyn. Crayfish has shown it.
Utsi'ehta' utat. Crayfish has been left alone.
Utsi'ehta' uyht. Crayfish has hit it.
Utsi'ehta' utw. Crayfish has bathed, gone swimming.
Utsi'ehta' y'. Crayfish has put it down.
Utsi'ehta' uteka't. Crayfish has lit a fire.
Utsi'ehta' uywa'. Crayfish has looked for it in vain.
Utsi'eht' utwt. Crayfish has stored it away.
Utsi'ehta' uyn'. Crayfish has grabbed it.
Utsi'ehta' ute'skt. Crayfish has put it in the oven.
Utsi'ehta' uyeht. Crayfish has started it.
Utsi'ehta' utn't. Crayfish has taken a lunch along.
Utsi'ehta' uya'k. Crayfish has broken it.
Utsi'ehta' utn' Crayfish has watched over it.
Utsi'ehta' uyak. Crayfish has taken it out.
Utsi'ehta' utnyeht. Crayfish has sent it.
Utsi'ehta' uwa'hi'. Crayfish has stuttered.
Utsi'ehta' utha'. Crayfish has taken possession of it.
Utsi'ehta' uthe't. Crayfish has pounded it.
Utsi'ehta' utha't. Crayfish has borrowed it.
Utsi'ehta' utht'. Crayfish has laid it flat.
Utsi'ehta' uthte'. Crayfish has heard it.
Utsi'ehta' utny. Crayfish has changed it.
Utsi'ehta' utihht. Crayfish has gone downstream.
Utsi'ehta' uktakii't. Crayfish has fried it.
Utsi'ehta' utka'w. Crayfish has abandoned it.
Utsi'ehta' utk. Crayfish has got out of bed.
Utsi'ehta' uskatkw'. Crayfish has laughed.
Utsi'ehta' utish'. Crayfish has rested.

Crayfish is really tired after doing all those things. Let some of its friends from chapters one and two help it out a bit.


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