by Nik Taylor
Iazil flasitanki tittaidaiziai
Fasiganki tinnalupiasal uafpatiskai. Fakuilinki uafsagai uaftaspitai. Fazgasunniki. Luvdipasniki fittaki.
Plastli, fazgasuntanki tinnaluvdii sunpin.
Plastli, faskatas sukuaataki tinlupiasaz "Siga sunpiz bliilba vilasiniki!
Lasitannu tittaidaiziai plislassi piblaazgasun-paf."
Zi faskatas tinlupias "Utitimassanu uamislassa sunpaaz"
Plastli fazziaziutantu tittaidaiziai. Zi futilasitastu tinlapias.
When the evil ones prayed
The teachers told stories. We believed the holy tradition. We hid. No one can protect us.
So the protectors hid with us.
So someone said to a teacher "Tell us what we should pray! The evil ones have prayed to see our hiding!"
But the teacher said "You've already heard the entire prayer"
So the evil ones got angry. But the teacher began to pray.
Every noun in Uatakassi has a gender prefix,
which inflects for number. For this text, you need only know two of
them. They are gender 1 and gender 6. Gender one is for female
sentient beings, and is t(i)- in the singular and ti*- in the plural.
* is an abstract marker for gemination, e.g., ti*-likani would be realized
as tillikani. Gender 6 is u(a)-, plural uaf-
Verbs have multiple affixes. Those that are used in this text
are f(a)- "past tense", vi- "should", plus the aspect and personal suffixes.
Personal suffixes are inflected according to the noun which is in the
absolutive case, which is normally the subject for intransitive verbs, and
the object for transitive verbs. The suffixes used are:
-ni: 1st person plural, we/us
-tas: 3rd person singular, sentient
-la, -*a, -l: 3rd person singular, non-sentient
-tan: 3rd person plural, sentient
-n(a): 3rd person plural, nonsentient
Auxilary verbs are suffixed onto the main verb, with gramatical affixes
being added attached to both ends of the verb-auxilary complex
Aspect suffixes used are:
-tu: Inceptive (begin to)
Note: With stative verbs and verbal adjectives, this is used for
-ki: Non-punctual (default)
-(no suffix): Punctual (instantaneous action or very brief)
-nu: Perfective (action whose effect is still going on)
In addition to the gender prefixes, nouns also have a
number of suffixes, most of which are not used in this text. Those
that are used are:
-(no suffix): Absolutive
-n(an): Commitative (with X)
Also, the clitic -pa "our" is used in one line
Adjectives always follow the noun and agree in number, case, and gender
Some verbs and nouns have certain changes that may occur to the beginning
or end. I'll mark these in the vocabulary. For example, "saga
(ska)" means that "saga" may be found as "ska" in some forms, while "N(a)-"
means that na- or n- may be used.
Bla-: Act of
Bliil: What (relative marker)
Fattaki: No one
Iazil: When (relative marker, period of time, rather than a specific
Mis-: All of, every
N(a)-: One who
Patiska (Ftiska): Story
Plastli: So, therefore, thus
Plis-: In order to, so that, for the purpose of
S(a)-/z-: Prefix which turns adjectives into verbs meaning "be X"
Saga (ska): Say
Saga (ska, skaa): Word
Siga: Tell (illative case used for what is being told)
Sunpaa: You (plural)
Sunpi: We (epicene)
Tai-: Person characterized by an adjective
Uti-: Already, yet