Category: LoCoWriMo


I have decided for the next LoCoWriMo in July to continue the story of Syku Inik from the last one. Now, who is Syku Inik? Syku is a schoolgirl who was disctracted in politics class once too often and was told that her presentation had to be a VA (best mark) to pass the class. The teacher however had the bad habit not to give good grades to his students. So for her presentation on eligibility, Syku Inik decides to run for parliament herself. She never expected to get even one vote, but suddenly, people start taking her candidacy seriously. She gets elected into the Naiken’het Lentine Tani… but this part of the story is not yet written. I will explain how things develop when I will write it.

As you might have noticed, I start with words of a personal significance or those which I like to use to illustrate grammatical structures. The word ‘xetsu is one of the latter ones.

The nouns are as you expect them to be with the rejistanian derivation system: (xetsu’he: someone who choses, xetsu’het: option, alternative and in the plural: settings, xetsu’tan: choice (as a concept)). The adjective means that something can be chosen.

Then, there are strange compounds: ‘xetsukovomin, ‘xetsutani, ‘xetsunanti, ‘xetsurekijo and ‘xetsukali. All of these mean ‘to elect’ and all the ‘het forms mean ‘election’ however, these words are all different. Except the first one, all refer to different levels of government: while xetsukovomin’het is the general term for an election, xetsutani’het is a federal one (tani’het means country), a xetsunanti’het occurs on nanti (state) level, a xetsurekijo’het on rekijonal (or regional) level and a xetsukali’het on municipal level (kali’het means city).

The grammatical significance of the word ‘xetsukovomin is a strange one. For some odd reason, I often confused the order of the verbal prefixes, but have no issues remembering this conjugated verb: Min’ki’lanjamesit’rala’xetsukovomin’ta.

Min indicates the 3rd person plural.
ki is the future tense marker,
lanjamesit is a subjunctive form, which indicates a similar probability as the ‘maybe’ in: Maybe I will win the lottery. It is a compound of two other subjunctive forms: lanja and mesit. (the lack of a subjunctive marker indicates the indicative)
rala is the passive voice (its lack indicates active voice)
and ta the negation.

As such, the word means: it is possible but not very likely that they won’t get elected. As I wrote earlier people wondered what this word is actually good for. Well, during the LoCoWriMo, I actually managed to use it. Syku Inik’s best friend was said this to a reporter after he implied that Syku was a chanceless candidate and Syku just said that during an election everything is possible:

{Asav’il Kansu Sanateni’han ji Kiran Milan’han. Min’ki’lanjamesit’rala’xetsukovomin’ta asty’het’jet jilih. Hakim mi’ma ‘kidhi.}

(Consider Kansu Sanateni and Kiran Milan. It is possible, but not very likely that they won’t get elected in this year. Everything can happen.)

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