A text in Orelynna
|From:||James Worlton <jworlton@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, December 18, 2003, 5:09|
It has been a while since I have posted anything concerning my conlang
Orēlynna (indeed, it has been a while since I have done *anything* with
it :-) ).
(Hopefully this will come through for most of you)
ð = [D]
þ = [T]
ā = [a:]
ē = [e:]
ō = [o:]
(Please excuse the extreme inanity of the text, but it only required the
creation of four new words for the lexicon today.)
The text in English:
Her house sits on a hill. To the west she sees a tall tree which bends
towards the earth. He comes to her house on a road out of the south. He
passes the river to the east and discovers a stone. This stone he is
obliged to pick up and carry with him to her house. He brings it to her
as a gift to symbolize his love. For him the stone represents wholeness
and unity; a symbol of their goals for the relationship.
>:þ right? Anyway, the text in Orēlynna:
anka, lante ayleneþdasa valaneþa. 
woman, sits house-her hill.LOC
sunada veka ebynute vaðe nēnte lāte elaneþār. 
sees-[she] westward tree tall bends which earth.ILL
ando, funda ayleneþār ankasamy teneþa gynnauþmy. 
man, comes-[he] house-to woman.GEN-the road.LOC south.ELA-the
kelonda hulānueþmy kayðe ki hulenda ranueþ.
passes-[he] river.ACC-the east.ADJ and discovers stone.ACC
ilunda ando ranueþmy nā keynayr ki poneyr ayleneþār
is-obligated man stone.ACC-the to pick-up and to-carry house.ILL
dyponda tue dā ranueþ dalaneþva nā sèneyr ānnadasa.
brings-[he] it.ACC [her].LOC stone gift-as.EQU to symbolize love.his
sēnte y raneþ dea onuna ki olonuna;
represents the stone him.DAT wholeness.ACC and unity.ACC;
sēnuna sa tylonnatelsa anolonnamy or.
symbol.ACC of goals-their relationship-the for
 third-person pronoun does not distinguish male/female.
 the relative pronoun |lāte| follows the verb and functions as the
subject of the clause. Is this normal in VSO languages? or does it need
a subordinate clause marker to come before the verb?
 no indefinite articles; definite article |-my| attaches to the noun
in all cases except nominative, where it appears before the noun as |y|.
The definite article is mainly used to emphasise definiteness.
 |nā| indicates the infinitive of the verb clause, which appears
separately from the main clause ('he is obligated' in this case).
I need you to point out inconsistencies or just plain idiocies to
me--grammar and syntax being my weak points. The last couple of
sentences especially seem awkward. Suggestions?
Thanks in advance.