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Re: Translation exercise: Li Bai's "Drinking alone under the moon"

From:Pablo David Flores <pablo-flores@...>
Date:Sunday, September 1, 2002, 17:23
andrew <hobbit@...> writes:

> > Poten lis la mouve yifiri > > pot-en l-is la m-ouve yi-fir-i > > drink-ACP COM-company no ESS-below GEN-moon-DEF > > "drinking with no company at below-space of the moon" > > > Is the stem pot- a survival from the IE languages in Yivokuchi or is it > a parallel development?
If you want to call a coincidence "parallel development"... Yivokuchi is set sufficiently far away in time as to have erased all traces of old IE roots, though there might be some heavily mutated correspondences. I couldn't have thought about IE |pot-| except for isolated terms like |potable|. In any case, I had |paot| 'drink (n)' before |pot| in Y. (and those come from Old Y. /pOt/ 'drink (v)', with vowel lengthening for noun derivation). --Pablo Flores "The future is all around us, waiting, in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain." -- G'Kar quoting G'Quon, in "Babylon 5"