Now, on the subject of pleasantries — pleasantries are the sorts of things you never have to think about if you never take a second language class, when you’re stood around a room saying “hello, how are you? My name is…” over and over for an hour and a half. Pleasantries are the seemingly inconsequential phrases that make up ‘polite conversation’, or the beginnings of small talk — however you’d like to think of it.
Neradsof pleasantries are special within the realm of the Neradsof language itself because they tend to break rules. The most egregious of which is the Rule of Constructs. In Neradsof, all pleasantries, single word or phrasal, belong to a special lexical category called ‘Expressions’. Expressions:
do NOT adhere to the Rule of Constructs (in that they can stand alone);
can function in any lexical category; and
can function in any functional role syntactically.
Essentially, because pleasantries are expressions, they can do whatever they want, appear wherever they like in whatever manner they so choose.
But that doesn’t much teach us what they are, so here’s a list of 16 of the most useful pleasantries:
*Note on “My name is…”
You’ll notice that there are 2 phrasal pleasantries on this list. As per the unique nature of Expressions, the phrase ‘kelo sua’ is quite happy to stand as a question unto it’s own (even though a direct translation would be rather confusing to proper Neradsof syntax), but ‘jorc ehueil-’d’, despite its status as an Expression, requires a little more work. The verb ‘ehueil’ means ‘is called’, though a better equivalent in English may be ‘name is’. It is a linking verb (VL), which, if you recall from basic Neradsof syntax, requires the following ordered structure: Subject Complement - Subject - Linking Verb. This would mean an introduction would look something like:
A few things to take note, first, that the verb is always in the past tense. Second, that the first person pronoun is in the nominative (i.e subject) case in Neradsof. This is because it functions as a subject, and occurs in the subject position. Note also that the Subject Complement, in this instance ‘Eilisaire’, does NOT need to be attached to the Subject despite as per the Rule of Constructs. This has nothing to do with this being part of an expression, however, and everything to do with the fact that the Subject Complement in this case is a noun, so can stand on its own two feet just fine.
Now, if you were to introduce someone else, you would there say something like:
And if you were to ask for one’s name, you would ask:
The rational for which being very much a subject for syntax to cover, so we won’t worry about that for now…