aenyr: playful, idle, carefree
Yeomi-naim leobysuril zaitrese yeomi-ilaetraeril
Dorunyaera, raokae-naim-rynyil! Raokae-naimae nyo yainyebaese kemae. Leobysuse paramo-taeyo-ram luzai-taeyai-ram. Yaimi-naim-trunymril doruse yomi. Aenyr-elbese yaime, nyaram trunymse yaimi, nyaram ilazaese yomi. Zapaz, yaimi iruse yomi, nyaram, yaimi-naime-baira zi-daoteose yomi, nyaram yaimi-naime-al-rumu isaise yomi, nyaram naerai nyitose yomi ni-paza. Zaskae-naor sem-se dekaeda? Em-se raokae rain yainyebaesepa dekaeda. Kebeni, yaemi aeyuse raokae, nyaram ilaetraaesepa raokae bopae raoke isetraese also.
The telling of it is as it happened
See, my countrymen! Fate knows my story. There was a shadowy boy and a beautiful woman. He saw her singing. She ran and sang, and he felt joy. But, he killed her, tore open her skin, ate her internal organs and discarded the body in the desert. What do we do now? We don't know what I will do. Because of this, I hide it and do not speak of it unless I am asked.
The overall syntax of Darynse is OVS. The verbs are conjugated based on politeness level and evidentiality. There are four levels of politeness in Darynse. Only the polite and authoritative was used in this text. As for the evidentiality, Darynese verbs can be conjugated based on whether they are positive (the speaker knows this to be true), negative (the speaker knows this to be false) or positive or negative hearsay (the speaker is uncertain of the truth of the statement, but thinks it is either true or false).
Polite Authoritative Positive -se -nyae Negative -sepa
The Darynese verb ai (to do) is irregular, and is conjugated as following:
Polite Positive se Negative sepa
-ra is used as an 'empathetic' -- adding it to the end of the verb changes the meaning. For an authoritative verb, it turns the sentence into a command.
The suffix -ril is used to turn a verb into a participle. This also can be used to make compound verbs (riril-tusreo (to want to pilot)) or identifying clauses (ririli-ritryn (the bird that is flying)). Adjectives and adverbs proceed the word they modify, and change ending to match the gender of the noun. Note that these rules are also used on participles.
A noun is pluralized by attaching al- to it as a prefix. Darynese has ten genders, several of which were used here. The endings are thus:
Adult Female -ai Adult Male -ao Juvenile Male -o Concept -ae Location -eo Neuter (none)
Adverbs are left in the root forms. Note that these rules are also used on participles. A noun can be turned into an adjective (if an adjective doesn't exist already) by adding the possessive -naim.
© Jan van Steenbergen, Rebecca Harbison, 7 Sept. 2004