translation exercise (Jack Vance's text)
|Date:||Wednesday, April 14, 1999, 1:41|
Fabian <rhialto@...> wrote:
> "Where are all the wonderful new art forms? So far I have heard mainly =of
> cockroaches and signatures."
> "Just so. It was early realised that every possible permutation of pigm=ent,
> light, texture, form, sound and whatever is left had been achieved, and= that
> to strain for novelty was wasted effort. The single ever-fresh ever-ren=ewing
> resource was human thought itself, and the gorgeous patterns of its
> interplay between or among individuals."
> Wayness frowned in puzzlement. "Are you referring to 'talk'?"
> "I suppose that 'talk' is an appropriate word."
> "At least it is inexpensive."
> "Exactly -- which makes it the most egalitarian of all creative
> "I am happy that you explained this to me," said Wayness. "We are on ou=r way
> to Lena's Bistro, then?"
Very interesting passage.
In Drasel=E9q (see abbrevs below):
"Qaik arek donth i us=EDrr=FCktel nampal finmadh?
where be.3p those * marvelous new arts.GRP
_arek_ "they are/stay" (_arsen_ "to be [in a place]")
_finam, finmath, finmadh_ "art, arts, [the] arts"
=C4t fan famp en gaqurth mi
until before now about signatures and
kuor=FCtth suenlil sit=F3lnalotsat."
dirtbugs mainly PRF.hear.MV.1sPRS
_=E4t fan famp_ "until before now" + actual present tense =3D "so far"
_kuor_ "dirt, filth, garbage"
_kuor.=FCth_ "dirt.bug" =3D "cockroach"
_suenlil_ < _su=E9gnailil_ "over-seeing-ly" =3D *"outstandingly"
"G=E8n gim. Balu tenti=E1rim=FCaq onthn,=20
indeed true.3s early realised.PV.3sPST that.ACC,
vastas, h=E0p, kual, gadhu, pam, mur=E2n qest=E8n omb=FC'd,
paint light texture shape sound otherwise being all.3s.REL
fpaind=FCenq anthes on i minkanth; taus onth,
achieve.3pAntPST this.GEN all * unions.ACC also that,
_minkar_ "(re)union", "gathering" =3D "combination"
q=FCaq namg=FCftien qg=E1farsen i g=E9ntsentan bloqur.
be.3sPST innovate.OBJ toil.INF * gone impulse
=3D "to toil in order to innovate was force let to go away"
Eldimel elqualnampal p=E0m,
PERP.green PERP.REP.new resource
dr=FCmb=FCntel q=FCaq renes kalas b=FCrr,
unique be.3sPST man.GEN thought it
rin vel tenm=FCnth anth-sku-ontthes qat=E0qgastel mer=E9kth."
with among individuals this-for-thats SUP.beautiful structures
_anth-sku-onth_ "this-for-that" =3D "interchange, interplay"
Rin pektur i fasn=FCr tresteth g=FCf=FCaq Veinas.
with surprise * forehead.LOC paths make.3sPST Wayness
_fasn=FCr tresteth g=FCften_ "to make (on the) forehead paths"
=3D "to frown", "to cause wrinkles to appear on one's forehead"
(inspired by English "make tracks"!)
Wayness could have been _U/Veines_, but -es is GEN marker
so I chose to render /@/ =3D /a/.
"Keburadher i 'snit'?"
QRY.mean-to-say.2s * talk
"Tup 'snit' i b=F9r, sikent."
fit.3s talk * word suppose.1s
=3D "'Talk', as a word, fits" (_tup_ "it fits, it can be
placed inside the available room"; cf. Spanish "cabe decir"
=3D "it's appropriate and possible to say").
"Mur=E2n tadh sunan=FC'th."
otherwise however DIM.cost.3s
"G=E8n ta -- th=E4n thanain th=FCastel finmes=20
indeed yes with justice there-being art.GEN
_thanain_ =3D both "justice" and "equilibrium"
rriesteth qat=E0th=FCastel b=FCrr, enq=E9s anth b=FCrrn!"
works SUP.there-being it cause-to-be.3s this it.ACC
"Rin thanen ars g i anth gendiv=FCer sarn", b=FCk Veinas.
with joy stay.1s due-to * this describe.2sPST me.ACC said Wayness
"Na Lenes Bistro doik trestaut, ke famp?"
to Lena's Bistro there walk.1p+PRS QRY now
Verbs are in habitual present tense unless otherwise stated.
PRS =3D actual present
PST =3D past
GRP =3D group plural
PRF =3D perfective aspect
MV =3D middle voice
PV =3D passive voice
PERP =3D perpetuative aspect ("ever-")
REP =3D repetitive aspect ("re-")
GEN =3D genitive case
ACC =3D accusative/dative case
INF =3D infinitive ("to")
OBJ =3D objective infinitive ("in order to")
REL =3D relative pronoun
DIM =3D diminutive
SUP =3D super-augmentative ("most", not "the most")
LOC =3D locative case
QRY =3D query particle (yes-no questions)
* =3D genitive/dative/partitive particle _i_
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