Calénnawn text for relay 14 (The wedding relay)

The full details of the relay can be found at http://www.conlang.info/relay14/

The text

'Élvo fítro.

'Ley o gíxe bánxa be qúmpatme zévo spis:

Muy dudáyge-qoy!1

'On ifúrti sobésse scu bánxa be qúmpatme zévo spis:

O daróš nalástuduv péðëe cówlo-qoy f-áycibos cor o péðëe.

O daróš nalástuduv ingúded lúxci-qoy sum cas ífna f-hinátibi.

O daróš nalástuduv smig hi bóza-qoy biw.

O daríš nalástuduv ánteðil qóy-qoy so qána.

O daróš nalástuduv itánëa húrme qat on áffiba.

Daróšo nalástuduv vérno, ay qúba prohíru-qoy s-qána sínu sónnti.

O daróš nalástuduv éynu lúxci f-éynu, úrne on ušúli csó-qoy, sno o viw órpil fuféltu-qoy.

O daróš nalástuduv írðo lúxci-qoy f-òfer-úyxo xu bési. Lénta-qoy biw num h ðelc.

O daróš nalástuduv ófiber lúxci-qoy f-ófiber xu bési.

O daróš nalástuduv foválëe vàlëe-hó-qoy biw traq.

Ey anc ifúrta drámor ey éyve ifúrta dráhir-qoy biw supé h vicípibe. Búlor máfo vàla-folšálëe-qoy traq. Bési qóy-qoy s-ófer, máfo sno gol ífna.

The original text sent to Kevin Urbanczyk contained several mistakes. It can still be found at http://www.conlang.info/relay14/. This version of the relay text has been corrected.

The text in native alphabet

Lexicon

áffaadjdark
ánteðelnplant
ayartthe (concept/idea/mass/uncountable, nominative, deontic)
áycosadjwhite
bánxavspeak
beconjand (see note (5): subject of 1st sentence is identical to subject of 2nd)
bésipronthey (3pl, nominative, epistemic)
biwpronthem (3pl, accusative)
bózavharm, damage, hurt so.
búlorpronthey (3pl, nominative, deontic)
caspronsomeone
corprepof, belonging to, in any way related to
cówlovgain, win sth.
csoadjcold, cool
daróšngod/deity
dravaccompany
dráhirvguide, lead so.
dudáygevpray
-duvsuffix-ing (active participle used as adjective)
ðelcndanger
elnumeraltwo
eyarta/some (nominative, deontic, indefinite, countable)
éynunwind
éyveadjyoung
f-proclitic(see fh)
fh /f@/artthe (concept/idea/mass/uncountable, accusative)
fol-prefixact of .. (action, gerund)
fuféltuvwave, flutter, fly (of cloth)
fítronpart, segment
goladvsometime
gowsínuvbe like, resemble
gíxenpriest
h /@/artthe (concept/idea/mass/uncountable, nominative, epistemic)
húrmevwork, labour
hiadvnot
hinátiadjbright
hovmake/force/have so. do sth.
-ib-infix-ness (property abstractor, see note (11))
ífnanumeralall, every
ifúrtanperson
ingúdedname(proper name: the sun)
írðontree
itánëaname(proper name: the moon)
léntavprotect so/sth.
leyconjand then, next
lúxcivgive sth.
máfoadvnow
-morsuffix-ed (inverse participle used as preposition or adverb)
muypronwe (inclusive, epistemic; nominative)
nalástuvhave .. for name, be called ..
numprepaway from (abstract)
-osuffix(vocative ending)
o(n)artthe (nominative, definite, countable)
óferadjgood (agreeable, pleasant, positive)
órpelnpiece of clothing
prohíruvbe long/big,have measurements ..
péðëensoul
qánaadjbig, large, great
qatprepuntil
qoyvdo; (also: as enclitic: imperative or subjunctive, see note (6))
qúbanwater
qúmpatmevsay
s-proclitic(see so)
scuconjor
se(n)arta/some (accusative, indefinite, countable)
sínupreplike, compared with
smignfire
snoconjand
soartthe (accusative, definite, countable)
sobéssevlaugh
sónntipronyou (2sg, nominative, epistemic)
spispronit (accusative)
sumpreptowards (abstract)
supépreptowards (concrete)
traqproneach other (reciprocal, accusative)
úrneconjso that
ušúlunhead
úyxonshadow
vicípeadjcomfortable
viwposs.prontheir (3pl)
válëevmarry so.
vérnonsea
-vosuffix(makes ordinal from cardinal)
zévoadjthis

Abbreviations

nnoun
vverb
artarticle
advadverb
adjadjective
pronpronoun
poss.pronpossessive pronoun
conjconjunction
preppreposition
postppostposition
2sg2rd person singular
3sg3rd person singular
3pl3rd person plural

Grammar notes

  1. Calénnawn is a pro-drop language, usually with SVO word order.

  2. $ is an alternative spelling for s-caron (i.e. s-hachek, š) for non-UTF-8 environments. These represent the same letter (/S/).

  3. Acute and grave accents denote primary and (in compounds) secondary stress, respectively. Vowels with acute or grave accents are not fundamentally different from the plain vowels, since the stress can shift when words are combined into compound words.

  4. Adjectives precede the nouns, but can also occur standalone (e.g. the big [one]). Cardinal numerals follow the nouns they belong to, ordinals precede them.

  5. There are many conjunctions, nearly all of which express that one constituent of the first sentence is identical to one of the constituents in the second sentence. The constituent may be left out from one of the sentences. Example:

    be(subject of 1st sentence is identical to subject of 2nd)

  6. The imperative and subjunctive are both formed by suffixing the verb with "-qoy". The imperative then requires the subject to be epistemic, the subjunctive requires a deontic subject:

    Sónnti sobésse-qoy!Laugh!
    Stu sobésse-qoy.May you laugh.

  7. The plural forms of nouns are formed by replacing the vowel in the last syllable with i:

    fítropart
    fítriparts

  8. There are three cases: nominative, accusative and vocative. The nominative and accusative cases are marked on the article. The vocative is formed by adding an -o to the end of the word.

  9. All prepositions govern the nominative.

  10. Verbs have two voices: active and inverse. There are corresponding active and inverse participles, which have different forms depending on whether they are used as adjectives or adverbs.

  11. Nouns for properties are formed with the properties abstractor (infix) -ib-, infixed between the last CV-pair in the word:

    ófergood
    ófibergoodness

  12. In compound words, the first part is the modifying part: a predicate A-B is a B of type A.

  13. The absence of an article in the nominative indicates indefiniteness.

  14. There is no copula "to be": a noun or adjective may be used as predicate directly.

  15. Punctuation: there are two types of exclamation points: !1 and !2. !1 is used for commands.

Smooth English translation of Θywǵø text

Second part.

Then the priest says this:

Let us pray!

The people laugh or say this:

Let the deity called "soul" gain whiteness of the soul.

Let the deity called "sun" shine upon everyone.

Let the deity called "great fire" not harm them.

Let the deities called "plants" do great [things].

The deity called "moon" works until darkness.

The deity called "sea", let the water be as big as you.

Let the deity called "wind" give wind, for coolness of the head, so that their clothes may flutter.

Let the deity called "at the tree" give good shadow to them. Protect them from danger.

Let the deity called "there is goodness" give goodness to them.

Let the deity called "marriage" join them to each other.

Let a short person with a young person lead them to comfort. Let them join with each other for love, now. Let them do this good [thing], now, always.

Smooth English translation of Calénnawn text

Second part.

Then the priest speaks and says this:

Let us pray!

The people laugh or speak and say this:

Let the deity called "soul" gain whiteness of soul.

Let the deity called "sun" give brightness to everyone.

Let the deity called "fire" not harm them.

Let the deities called "plant" do great [things].

The deity called "moon" works until darkness.

The deity called "sea", let the water be as big as you.

Let the deity called "wind" give wind, so that the heads be cool, and their clothes may wave.

Let the deity called "tree" give good shadow to them. Protect them from danger.

Let the deity called "goodness" give goodness to them.

Let the deity called "marriage" have them marry each other.

May a short person with a young person lead them to comfort. May they now marry each other. Let them do this good [thing], now and always.

 


Author: René Uittenbogaard.

Conversion date: 2008-05-17

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