A: Hi Irati, how are you?
B: Fine, and you?
A: So-so! Are you studying?
B: No, I’m on holiday already, I wrote the last exam last week.
A: Really good! Good for you! I haven’t finish still, hope I finish soon, I am looking forward to taking holidays! And what are you doing now then?
B: Well, last weekend I met a girl who is learning Basque, and when we were talking about Basque language, she asked me what is “hika”; apparently she heard someone speaking “hika” and she has heard something about it bat she doesn’t understand well what it is and what it is used for or how, in which context it’s used. So, I’m looking for information to explain her well; I explained her more or less, but, you know, just in case!
A: So, you have a lot of work! And what did you tell her?
B: Well, that it is way to treat the person you are talking to, an informal one, the one to use in the group of friends, or well, at least a close treatment. But that it can’t be used to talk to older people, and that normally it’s to talk to people of your age, of younger or... in the group of friends, or something like that.
A: Good, but now you want to tell her how the verb changes, right?
B: Yes, that’s why I’m looking for information!
A: Oh, not a long ago I read an article about that, and I don’t know if I will remember well, but, apparently, of course, in Basque there appear all the persons in the verb, so the persons of the phrases Who(absolutive), Who(ergative) and to Whom(dative),
A: But in “hitanoa”, apart from that it appears the person who you are talking to, then, to refer to to that person, the person who you are talking to, there is another mark; and, apparently, this verb is called allocutive.
B: Yes, that’s right, I remember!
A: And so if you put that, allocutive, you will find the information more easily, try it, the article that I read was quite short.
B: Ok, I will look it down! How did you say, allocutive?
A: Yes, allocutive, at least that’s how I read it!
B: So thank you, I will tell you what I find!
A: Yes, hope you are lucky, and that she understands everything well! And hope that you find something useful as well! So, I’m going to the library, I have an exam tomorrow and I should do something, otherwise... what a disaster!
B: All right! Go, then! Oh, and study hard!
A: Yes, I will try! We will see each other later right?
B: Yes, at night?
A: Yes, for having dinner or...
B: Yes, or we can have something to drink before having dinner.
A: Ok, so I will call you then.
A: So, then...
B: See you later!
A: See you later!