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Phaleran: "Serenity Prayer"

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 19, 2001, 14:51
Hello all.  All the recent events in New York
reminded me about the Serenity Prayer that
someone (And?) posted a while back, and got
me working on it again.  Here's the Phaleran
version of it:

Tlaisi hwatuo hnerrateoštakrû ga štî etîlla
thalsta, štî thaþnugwateltâi martei aiñkolta,
fyalmu štî martei thaþnugwaltâi thaþnultai,
ai phrañkus štî eontuo hlû pfañkus phraltai.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things
I cannot change, the courage to change the things
I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

I got into some interesting morphological tricks
with this one:

Tlaisi  hwatuo hnerrateoštakrû         ga  štî  etîlla [1][2]
God-ABS 1SgDat give.DITR.2SgProgIr.6>1 IMP that light.peace

thalsta,     štî  thaþnugwateltâi [3][4]
be.3SgProsIr that be.CAUS.REL.NEG.1SgProgIr.DYN.S

martei aiñkolta,        fyalmu      štî  martei [5]
POSS   accept.1SgProsIr courage-ABS that POSS

thaþnugwaltâi               thaþnultai
be.CAUS.REL.1SgProsIr.Dyn.S be.CAUS.1SgProsRe.DYN.S

ai  phrañkus štî  eontuo hlû     pfâñkus    phraltai [6]
and wise.DEV that 3PlDat between differ.DEV perceive.1SgProsIr.S

[1] "Tlaisi" literally means "great ancestor", the putative
ancestor of all Phalerans when the planet was first colonized.
Most of the people that speak standard Phaleran are ancestor
worshippers/venerators, so it seemed appropriate. Besides a
large number of competing henotheistic religions, the only other
major object of divine honors is the "Governor" (hereditary
monarch), and he doesn't really fit since he's, like, physically
present and giving orders and stuff.
[2] As I said in my post on Phaleran imperatives, when you're
giving commands to someone above you in caste, you don't use
a morphological imperative but the verb in irrealis plus an
imperative particle.  Here, the caste suffix is standardly
set to give the greatest difference: from the peasantry to the
'inveterate' nobility.
[3] The verb for 'to change' is actually just the causative
form of 'to be' (--> 'to become'), plus the dynamic suffix.
Dynamism is no longer a productive process for word creation,
but exists in a large number of basic vocabulary. In this
case, the relative clause is one verb form, plus an adverb:
"what cannot be changed".  A relative clause with no apparent
anaphoric head will always act as if it were a regular common
[4] The irrealis personal suffix here is -lta-, but this
fuses with the following dynamic suffix -a- and the evidential
-i- to form a lengthened -âi.  /âi/ is a separate phoneme from
[5] Phaleran mode only distinguishes morphologically between
realis and irrealis.  When more specific modes are implied,
then adverbial particles are used, which are all morphologically
[6] "-ñkus" [Nkus] is a deverbitive derivational morpheme, here,
from _phrasyo_ "to perceive" and _pfašri_ "to differ". The suffix
causes the loss of the final [š] on the root and compensatorily
lengthens the preceding vowel.

Thomas Wier <trwier@...>
Alternative: <artabanos@...>

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  entos amômêton kallipon ouk ethelôn;
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  erretô; exautês ktêsomai ou kakiô" - Arkhilokhos