Re: Weekly Vocab #2.1.8 (repost #1)
|Date:||Saturday, February 17, 2007, 19:22|
I found sentence #10 from the latest translation exercise very
interesting, and difficult.
10. I am certain it would have worked if she had told me to put it
on my cousin's chest rather than eating it.
I have isolated these five clauses: ( I am no longer indicating the
accent marks on the list.)
a) I am certain = MUS NESUS ESA = I certain am
b) that it would have worked = "num pÃ¦pÃ¯ursu" = it to have worked:
subject in acc.; verb in perfective supine.
c) if she had told me = (nus cÃ¼aani musÃ¯' o pos eego) = she if me to
had told; verb in perfective subj. It is not possible to lengthen
an already long vowel to indicate the perfective.
d) that I put it on my cousin's chest = [mus musÃ¯o eevraatusÃ¯o
stenom ena numÃ¦ stiivu] = I of.me cousin's chest on it put; verb in
imperfective supine. The Ã¦ is epenthetic.
e) rather than that I eat it = \stiiva mus num edu\ = rather.than I
it eat; verb in imperfective supine.
These are then arranged as follows:
MUS (nus cÃ¼aani muÅ' o) [mus muÅo eevraatuÅo stenom ena num stiivu]
\stiivi mus num edo\ (pos eego) "num pÃ¦pÃ¯ursu" NESUS ESA
mus nus cÃ¼aani muÅ' o mus muÅo eevraatuÅo stenom ena numÃ¦ stiivu
stiivi mus num edo pos eego num pÃ¦pÃ¯urso nesus esa.
"..." is the verbal complement of 'certain' and immediately precedes
[...]\..\ is the compound clause direct object of 'told' and
immediately precedes it.
Leaving the first part of (...) to be the second element in the