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Re: Simple translation exercise?

From:Amanda Babcock <langs@...>
Date:Monday, June 23, 2003, 16:52
On Sat, Jun 14, 2003 at 12:34:39AM +0200, Christian Thalmann wrote:

> I was just going to post a sentence Jon, Nata and I were busy > translating in IRC. =) > > "We are sitting in the night, and like the night, we are silent."
I had to think about this for a while (and translate it into Japanese) to be able to make a mërèchi version that didn't just mimic the English structure. I'm trying to wean mërèchi from its English-relex past. Original: hómicüm múrip'fa, të hómi sélis mírn'fa Revised orthography: hómicum múripfa, te hómi sélis mírnfa Pronunciation: "homikum "mur\ipfA, te "homi "selis "mir\nfA hom -icum muri -p -fa te hom -i selis night -in to sit imperf. and night adj. thus mir -n -fa be at peace imperf. I invented one new word, múri, to sit (and do nothing; not sitting down to do something), and one structure, "hómi sélis" for "like the night"; sélis meaning "in the same way" (compare séclë, "while", at the same time), and hómi being the adjectival form of of hóm, "night". So something might be nightlike ("hómi"), but act like the night ("hómi sélis"). I kept the idea of "sit in the night" because it seemed the proper way for mërèchi to do things. I did not make up a word for "to be silent" because it would be more mërèchi to talk about being at peace. Amanda