-āln- cheer, happiness
ñalna NI + 1st person exclusive paucal agent
ā case: denotes an animate, voluntary agent of NI
xien jē macīwa masēña
pa riēn anxiēna telne janārpiññe kēñ; ñi malāca maxōλa rā mapēntanle tō tūaþ rehema ankerōña to macīwa; tielen ñamma ankēwīke tō tūaþ sema anālne mo mīsa; tielen ñamma ē jajēri nīkamma ī jasāli; alxien ñamma ē jattaxētien ā macīwa jē malāca aþ jakkeþāwien jē janārme aþ jajjīlnien jē jaþāwi aþ antēspi rā jaxūrūran ēma; hēja ñalna jakēñ; wā sele anxiēna; tō ñalna jalāmen to þō jawetēŋŋe luhañen tō tūaþ rēha ñamma jānne pa ankēñi ā maxōsanen masīþþapie wā;
Concerning a dangerous baby.
Do you know the tragedy that we experienced? A pretty girl came to our house to view the baby. She was making an effort to cheer the child. She was playing games with him and singing songs. Suddenly & unexpectedly, he hit her (many times) and then made parts of her body, and then ate the parts, and then threw the left-overs out the window. What shall we do? I don't know. We are continuing to make this unexpected event a secret so that a zealous Seeker will not begin to ask (a set of) questions.
Note: The Kēleñi don't have "police" or even "babysitters" (or baby-guarders). Also, I decided that "Concerning a dangerous baby" was a better fit than: hēja pa manahan ankewāla to macīwa masēña cī; ("Anyone ought to have care/worry for a dangerous baby.") if only because cī is so hard to explain.
Nouns are inflected with the following combinations of prefixes & suffixes:
j(a)- ... -a/-e/-(null) generic/singular inanimate noun
Nouns in apposition: two (or more) nouns of the same inflection next to each other refer to the same entity; serial nouns of differing inflection generally consist of [whole] [part] or [general instance] [specific instance].
Basic Syntax: [required] (optional) NI (do/make) NI+(agent) [result/affected object] (agent) PA (have) PA [whole] [part] (part); [whole] pa [part] SE SE+(src/goal) [object] (source/agent) (goal/beneficiary)
Neither NI nor PA inflect for tense/aspect, but SE does. Also, NI is assumed to refer to something completed/past unless otherwise marked. PA and SE are assumed to refer to an existing state of affairs.
Subclauses can come anywhere and are treated syntactically as a whole noun.
Conjunctions can connect clauses, subclauses, or phrases. Generally coordinating conjunctions connect two or more of the same syntactic level of object. Aspect markers occur at the boundaries of syntactic units (clause/subclause/phrase) and modify the entire unit.
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© Jan van Steenbergen, Sylvia Sotomayor, 13 Aug. 2004