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Re: Ulattu and Poulocrian

From:Padraic Brown <pbrown@...>
Date:Monday, January 3, 2000, 17:05
On Sun, 2 Jan 2000, Ed Heil wrote:

>I wrote a sentence in Ulattu: > >Ulat hel-massith, shattutai ha-lat mikulu. >Spake the monster, "Free ye my wings from these chains." > >Hm. VO. ha & hel seem to be definite articles. Vaguely Semitic, >not that I know much about Semitic languages. Must have an ablative >case, which mikulu is in. -at must be 3sing past, and -tai must be >2pl.
-tu must be a nominal suffix: ulat - speak; ulattu - speech. My guess is that -tai may not be 2pl. -tai is suffixed to a noun (shattu, probably freedom or a verbal noun, freeing; the verb free being shat); perhaps it's some kind of locative suffix that has the force of an imperative. Padraic.