Re: fragments of a creole
|From:||Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>|
|Date:||Friday, September 17, 2004, 10:50|
On Fri, 17 Sep 2004 15:35, Jeffrey Henning wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 20:48:35 +1200, Wesley Parish<wes.parish@...> wrote:
> >kara = to loiter, -ai = continuative aspect, -ie = present tense
> How do you get "haunting" from "loitering"? Why can _karaeye_ take an
> object? Why shouldn't one read _Hiyha verdabakh karaeye na'eva!_ as
> "there's an evil spirit loitering [around] the city"?
Evil spirits/ghosts/unquiet spirits/demons/esses by definition don't "loiter",
they "haunt". So in this instance, the semantics change, not the word
If it was merely a ratbag from the local pub down by the docks, it'd be "Hiyha
ayato karaeye nanoire" - noire being the general word for boat, nanoire being
the word for boat-place. And the meaning "haunt" wouldn't be there.
"ayato" - pest; "aya-" in the first part of a word, is a derogatory word
referring to vermin ("Hiyha aya!" - There are rats/cockroaches!), "-to" is a
general male suffix. If the character in the story had believed the "evil
spirit" haunting the city was "male", he would've referred to "verdato".
> Inquiring minds want to know!
> - Jeffrey
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