Conlang Relay 18/Vašt î Kûvik
Vašt î Kûvik text:
Oft telev dan câz šefš hî kam televezdonavoft. Jesk î tniš glîhoft jiš dažl câz. Oft imnî ôg srôn dažl ctôkl î šefš; oft fêlepušk spârvik lokût a hêvêût. Hî jesk fêlepoft hustel a feleten. Hî spârvik môg rinok fiv tl oft otr î zendâk ôg to o a tl oft hêvêrik a lokrik ôg to rô srôn o.
Ak jesk glîhoft jiš dažl câz šefš, oft ol vrîd težl ctôkl ûžl šefš. Jesk glîhoft zid akî mǎštoft kam vrîd a êžon kam jaskila a kišneoft kam.
ak as, while
akî and, and then
-av verbal suffix meaning "the opposite of, undoing the action described by the verb"
câz that, this (demonstrative)
ctôkl door, gate, portal
dan on top of, on
dažl inside of
-ezd nominal suffix meaning "pertaining to"
êž oscillate, flap, wave
feleten timid, meek, not assertive
fêlep to appear, seem to be
glîh to walk
hî but, however
hustel weak, not strong
î of, also separates nouns from adjectives
jesk psychological female/woman
jiš particle marking progressive aspect
kam particle marking inceptive aspect
kišne to smile
mâšt to play with, flirt with
môg 1st person pronoun, does not show number
o ends a relative clause
-oft verbal suffix indicating inaccessibility, used here to mark narrative tense. Can appear on its own if there is no verb in the clause.
ol particle marking perfective aspect
-on verbal or nominal suffix meaning "to become" (forms dynamic verb)
otr personality, ego
ôg part of, made of, of (partitive)
-rik verbal suffix forming a noun which names the action of the verb
rinok to know
rô as much as, the same as (equative)
spârvik in truth, in reality, actually
šefš field, meadow
telev cloud, plume
tl that (starts relative clause)
tniš pretty, beautiful
-ušk verbal suffix indicating the object of the verb
-ût intensifying suffix
vrîd psychological male, man
zendâk strange, uncommon
zid particle marking cessative aspect
Word order is SVO, with adjectives following nouns, separated by î. Verbs of motion and possession do not exist; instead, the appropriate preposition is used with no verb. Aspect particles come right after the verb, adverbs and prepositional phrases may come either before the subject or after the object. The suffix -oft, used to mark inaccessibility, is used here to indicate narrative tense, since conculturally a story is viewed as inaccessible/outside of normal reality, but not conclusively false.