Conlang Relay 17/Vozgian

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Relay text (in Latin and Cyrillic)


Monž iðin kön imäch. Kokta monžut naem vŭelezþe paitach, ele könut nanohutü vŭestal, seodetenkol i ehu napadel. Monžut odetond odebägel. Nasem könut kriknol, a könje taizenþa prišeli. Könje monžätum pers präbägeli, a set..... umerel.


Монж іђін кöн імях. Кокта монжут наем вўелезће пытах, еле кöнут наноғутю вўестал, сеодетенкол і еғу нападел. Монжут одетонд одебягел. Насем кöнут крікнол, а кöнје тызенћа прішелі. Кöнје монжятум перс прябягелі, а сет..... умерел.


There was a man [lit: one man] who had a horse. When the man tried to climb it, however, the horse stood up on its rear legs, pulled itself away from him and attacked him. The man ran away. Subsequently, the horse yelled, and a thousands horses came. The horses ran over the man, and he..... died.


a (conj.) and, but
bägeþe (vp.) run
ehu (pers.pron.) him (acc.)
ele (conj.) but, however
em (conj.) him (loc.)
i (conj.) and
iðin (num.) one
imäþe (vi.) to have
kokta (adv., conj.) when
kön (m.) horse
kriknoþe (vp.) shout, yell, scream
monž (m.) man
na- (prefix) on
napadeþe (vp.) attack
nasem (adv.) subsequently, after that

noha (f.) leg
ode- (prefix) from, away from
odetond (adv.) thence, from there
paitaþe (vi.) try
pers (postp.) through
polai (adj.) evil, bad
prä- (prefix) over, across, through
prideþe (vp.) come, arrive
se- (pron.refl.) -self
set (pron.dem.) this, that
taizenþa (num.) thousand
tenkoþe (vp.) pull
umereþe (vp.) die
vŭelezþe (vp.) climb
vŭestaþe (vp.) stand up

The abbreviations "vi." and "vp." mean: "imperfective verb" and "perfective verb".

Notes about Vozgian

Vozgian is a North-Slavic language that underwent some considerable influence from the Uralic languages. It is a highly synthetic language, mostly fusional but with agglutinative elements. Its grammar is rather complicated. I won't bother you with its (in)famous noun "declensions from hell", the numerous verbal classes, etc. I'll limit myself to the most elementary. Anyway, the text is short! :)

Word order is rigidly SOV. Nouns are inflected for gender (masculine, feminine, neuter), number (singular, dual, plural), case (13 cases), and definiteness (definite, indefinite). The latter is mostly a matter of a postfixed article; all forms in the glossary are indefinite by default. The role of prepositions is usually played by cases, prefixes, postpositions or prepositions. Modifiers (adjectives, demonstrative pronouns, numerals and the like) are always placed after whatever they modify.

In the glossary, all nouns are given in their basic form: the nominative singular (indefinite). In the text, you will encounter the following case endings:


-utü: m.du.def.loc.


-ch: imperfect tense, 3sg.
-l: perfect tense, 3sg.
-li: perfect tense, 3pl.
-þe: infinitive

-- Jan van Steenbergen