Common Lexeme


Keywords: politeness

Pronunciation (IPA): 'hi.zÉ™ 
Part of Speech: term verb noun 
Class: skurun 
Forms: hisy, hisys, hisyca, hisyka 
Glosses: greet, salute, honour, honoured, honourable, salutation, greeting, hail, welcome, greetings, kudos, greeter, attendant, receptionist 


The term 'hisy' has to do with honour and salutes, and with greetings. The core meaning is closer to an honour or salute, but it is also used as the main term for greeting or welcoming.


As a verb, 'hisy' is a transitive skurun verb meaning to holour, salute or greet someone. It takes an ergative honourer and an absolutive honouree. It can have a number of senses - 'greet', 'welcome', 'honour', 'salute' or 'hail'. The set phrase 'te hisy e na ewis' has a more precise sense of 'welcome'.


The noun form of 'hisy' means honour, salutation or greeting. It can refer to a welcome as an experience. It can also have a sense like 'kudos'.

The derived form 'hisyca' refers to a greeter or attendant, such as in a shop or office, and the form 'hisyka' can use used as a word for 'guest' or 'honouree'.


The modifier form 'hisys' has the sense of 'honoured' or 'honourable' and can be used as an honourific modifier in addressing a person instead of or in addition to an honourific head term.

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