Conlang Relay 22/Maurang
Swo Estaxas Vejdowaakjan
Mjaalwoswuk swo vejdowaakj bandejni vejdowong.
Swownikaj hid zjew swo kwojandeseowo daxashejni,
Et3 zhowuk swo vowken hid sjen twaarejni.
Shekjenishik t3ee'en swuijep mejdeleng.
Lik njazin tirik swo swuijep vupajmo,
T3ee'ikaj 3exlejni sher 3ixlev'haj 3iikem.
Kjer bje 3ixtev swo hhixta shen swo kajmo isjekem,
Ngas m3iilik swuijepid hhemejni swo kajmo.
Senejem m3iilev swo kwojandes swo vejdowaakjid,
Kjer swashem sjilsavik swo saaqi hejni.
Shavohik sjen swo kajmoowo hid swo saaqi: Sjaakwojni!
Et3 sjeljenik hid kajmo, feja gwuilik sjeljenaakjid
Kjer hid bje duwvom si3amik swo kajmo
Et3 dahakik swo kajmo et3 twasilik twaar hid
Et3 thakjik swo daxa ke kwojandes swash jaalid
Estaxik sjen gjebejni swo vejdowaakj alajmo.
- adj poor, unfortunate
- n journey, trip
- adv not
- v to bellow, bark
- n cart, wagon
- adv on purpose, intentionally
- v to fall
- conj and
- pron who/that (relative pronoun)
- n thorn, prickle
- v to hug
- pron he, she, it
- n tree
- n chief, host, boss, owner
- prep in, inside of
- adv inside
- n idiot
- n dog
- conj but
- n goods, merchandise
- prep after
- n farm
- v to prepare (something)
- v to bind, tie (up)
- conj so, therefore
- n period of time, time
- n rope
- adv at the same time, meanwhile
- v to notice
- v to be (at a place)
- v to ask
- conj because
- v to strike, hit
- interj Yay!, Aha!
- v to liberate, set free, release, loose
- prep on
- v to run out
- adv then, at that time
- art the
- v to pack
- n child, boy, girl
- v to flip, topple, roll, upset
- v to go
- n a pachyderm used as a beast of burden, akin to a horse
- v to surprise, startle
- adj pertaining to trade
- n merchant, trader
- n harness
- adj hungry
- v to put, place
- prep with, using
- n restaurant, bar, tavern, galley
- n snack eaten in the afternoon
- v to want
Maurang is an Ergative language; normal sentence order is verb - absolutive - ergative - oblique. In verse, however, this order can be freely permutated. The letters <o> and <e> in the transliteration represent different allophones of the same phoneme, as do <i> and <u>. Sometimes, especially in verse, we see e/o elided; this will be marked with an apostrophe (however, an apostrophe indicates a glottal stop when it occurs between two vowels).
Possessive suffixes are used in lieu of pronouns to indicate pronomial possessors; in this text we encounter only -(e/o)sh (his/her own; reflexive).
- (no suffix)
The dative is used for motion towards an object, as well as the usual indirect object.
Tense/aspect suffixes come before personal suffixes. Personal suffixes agree with the absolutive argument always, but if there is an ergative argument, double marking takes place, with the ergative agreement suffix placed second.
- (no suffix)
- Future Perf
- Future Imperf
- -kish is the first person plural exclusive, whereas -mar is inclusive.
If the absolutive argument is 3rd person singular, and the ergative argument is not, the absolutive argument is marked with -(e/o)h-.
Additional Verbal Suffixes
-(o/e)n creates a conjunctive form of the verb.
-(e/o)swo creates a reflexive form of a verb, and is used in lieu of a dedicated reflexive pronoun.
-aakj is an agentive suffix, similar to -er in English.
-as creates a gerund of sorts, although it isn't used as often as the English gerund.
These generally follow their heads, and don't agree. Adjectives can be formed from nouns with the suffix -(e/o)ng.
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