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This is the Naeso torch of LCC4 Relay's Ring B.
- mina'am ku ona jensi mym tampfy fao bvya.
- minaja tsia ku bendiza.
- jia ku bendiza pan “ona! jensisie bu tha! kaminhtogy ku tha pan si!”.
- jia ku ona pan “nugoli ku pae pan bam kaminhto ku si pan pae? ni! baumni ku pae pan teono sibi!”.
- jia ku bendiza pan “teono thabi? nugoni ku si pan bam jia ku tha pan teono!
- nugo ku si pan bam kaminhto ku tha pan si. jia ku tha pan ‘ni!’!”.
- jia ku ona pan “jiani ku si pan inna!”.
- tsam pan bveo bendizabi kim kemga.
- jia ku bveo so bvya pan “jiatsun ku tha pan ‘ae!’?”.
- ae — yes
- -am — progressive aspect
- bam — preposition for subordinate clauses
- baum — to know
- bendiza — goat
- -bi — genitive
- bu — neutral agent preposition
- bveo — head
- bvya — bridge, stairs
- fao — across, through
- -gy — imperative mood
- inna — that
- ja — cessative/perfective aspect
- jensi — beautiful
- jia — to say
- kaminhto — to marry
- kemga — body
- kim — out of, away from
- ku — agent preposition
- -li — interrogative mood
- mina — to go
- mym — instrumental preposition
- ni — no
- -ni — negative
- nugo — to ask someone to (bam) do something
- ona — woman
- pae — you (singular, addressing someone who recently joined the conversation)
- pan — focus preposition
- si — I, me
- -sie — very
- so — locative preposition
- tampfy — elephant
- teono — name
- tha — you (singular, addressing someone who has been part of the conversation for a while)
- tsam — to cut
- tsia — fast
- tsun — intention mood
- tthuy — evil
- All Naeso sentences start with the verb phrase.
- After the verb phrase, you may list one or more prepositional phrases. The prepositions denote the grammatical role of the noun in the sentence.
- Adjectives follow the noun.
- Mood and aspect are marked using suffixes on the verb.
- Vowel sequences like "aa" are broken by liaison if they are formed at morpheme boundaries. The liaison consonant is a glottal stop, written as an apostrophe.
- The focus preposition introduces direct speech.
- Comparison is marked using suffixes on adjectives.
- A noun with a genitive suffix is treated like an adjective.
The Evil Goat
- A beautiful woman is riding an elephant over a bridge.
- The goat stopped running.
- The goat said, “Lady! You are very beautiful! Marry me!”
- The woman said, “You ask me to marry you? No! You do not know my name!”
- The goat said, “Your name? I don't ask you to say the name!
- I ask you to marry me, and you said 'no'!”
- The woman said, “I didn't say that!”
- and cut the goat's head off its body.
- The head on the bridge said “Does this really mean that you say ‘yes’?”