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Lwaitel phrasebook : Greetings and partings
What's your name?
  
Swan lau an luituchi.
[ˈswɑn ˈlao ˈan ˈlʊɨ.tʉ.ʧɨ]
swa-enbe-prox lauwhat anprox

swan LOW [rhymes with "how"] on LOY-too-chee?

Lwaitel phrasebook : Language
What does ___ mean?
  -  
Lau luitu _____ swaim maus
[ˈlao ˈlʊɨ.tʉ _____ ˈswɑem ˈmaos]
lauwhat luituname __________ swa-ibe-obv maussay

Examples of sentence-level things in Lwaitel : Adverbial clauses
Regardless of what this is, it says "woof". (Whatever this is, it says "woof".)
  ,  
Úlshi swan lau, mausen mu hup.
[ˈuʎ.ʃɨ ˈswɑn ˈlao, ˈ̩ mu ˈhup]
úlshiif swa-enbe-prox lau,what, maus-ensay-prox muquot hup.woof.

This works for non-polar questions as well.

Translations from the CBB in Lwaitel : Are you learning...
What language are you learning?
   
An lau hástu íken kiusteng.
[ˈan ˈlao ˈ ˈ̩ ˈkɪʉs.tŋ̩]
anprox lauwhat hástulanguage ik-enget.inv-prox kiusteng.learn.

(Question words affect inverse marking.)

(Also the word order is fairly free, but the question word (lau, pikúni) tends to go near the beginning of the sentence. And both have a rising intonation to indicate that they're questions.)