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Ways to perceive

Perceiving with the senses

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Láadan is more explicit than English in stating how something is perceived. Externally, you can perceive with your eyes, ears, skin, and so on. Internally, you perceive your emotions.

The word "láad" means "to perceive", and this would be used whether perceiving something with your eyes, ears, or other senses. To be more specific and to say something like "see", "hear", "feel (through touch)", etc. you would use the Instrument marker to specify that you are "perceiving with your eyes", "perceiving with your hands", etc.

Examples

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Láadan English Vocab words
Bíi láad le neth oyinan wa. I see you (with my eyes). oyi = eye
Bíi láad le neth oyunan wa. I hear you (with my ears). oyu = ear
Bíi láad le neth oyanan wa. I feel you (with my skin). oya = skin
Bíi láad le neth oyonan wa. I smell you (with my nose). oyo = nose

Perceiving internally

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The word "loláad" means "to perceive internally". For these, we don't need to use the Instrument marker, because emotions are internal.

Examples

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Láadan English Vocab words
Bíi loláad le thenath wa. I feel joy. thena = happiness
Bíi loláad le ílhith wa. I feel disgust. ílhi = disgust

For these examples, the object marker "-th" is used on the emotions. This is grammatically correct, but unnecessary, as it is clear without the object marker - Joy cannot perceive living things. (Suzette Haden Elgin (1988), A First Dictionary and Grammar of Láadan, Second Edition, p. 34)

I know because I perceive

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"wa" is a common Evidence Morpheme used in sentences, and can be used for both internal and external perceptions.

Notes

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