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Elasin Babel Text verses 2 & 3

From:Donald Boozer <donaldboozer@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 25, 2005, 16:57
Note: Verse one in the previous post should read:
Hwana! Votelor palir yeneva _fathyenet_ avute vesotham
dofam sotherin thoshirin. The previous post had
_fathyenen_ which would read "they spoke them."
Fathyenet means "they spoke it."
Verse 2. Maku hadarova avu witukyenet miyamem
Shinaroth i panamyene i.
Lit: Walking - into the east – [list marker] - they
found it - a plain - in Shinar – conjunction - they
made their home (there) – conjunction.
Gloss: hadaro = east; avu – i = conjunction particles;
+t = 3rd p. pl. accusative affix. +oth = locative
marker (inessive) “in, inside”; panamu – making one’s
home (somewhere); settling.

Verse 3. Vasyenet ti fana avu sathitudison muswarnoram
i kathudison pivani i ti. Sathityene avu moswanorsa
hau kivashersa le i ratemsa hau molesa le i.
Lit: They spoke it among themselves - [begin quote] -
come! - [list] - we will construct them – bricks - and
- we will bake them – thoroughly – and - [end quote].
They constructed them - [list] – brickwise – not –
stonewise - [not] – and – tarwise - [not] - and –
mortarwise - [not] - and.
Gloss: vasu = speaking among a group, talking
(reflexive); ti = particle which surrounds a direct
quotation; sathitu = building, making with one’s
hands, constructing; +di+ = future tense marker; +so+
= 1st. p. pl. nominative affix; muswano = brick,
man-made building material; kathu = baking, burning,
tempering, putting in a fire to finish something;
pivani = thoroughly, completely; +sa = instrumental
affix (used broadly in Elasin); kivashe = stone, rock,
natural material; ratem = tar (naturally occuring
adhesive); hau – le = used to negate phrases; mole =
mortar, glue, (man-made adhesive).

Incidentally, if anyone is interested in the
phonology, I would be happy to try and transliterate
into X-SAMPA.

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