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O Tuashni Blesha kësh o Kolë

From:Thomas Leigh <thomas@...>
Date:Sunday, August 4, 2002, 15:53
...a.k.a. "The North Wind and the Sun" in Choba. I finally got around to
translating it.

O Tuashni Blesha kësh o Kolë teruzagë no sha pa löp jofaro shikabgë, shanda
chë banavitë ken chë kafo terka baltëgëshäni kägë. Löp solagë she seni, pëa
telëgë o banavitëra zoragas o terkara lemagas, jofaro faü o moshanos
aïavëgashän. Tena o Tuashni Blesha lesh lua kufa pevash fulëgë, mä tim
talisharo lu fulëgë, tim tibasharo o banavitë o terkara cherba lë baltëgë,
kësh krishënisha o Tuashni Blesha nexagë motagas. Soïo Kolë safägë timasha
natëgas, kësh o banavitë tumisha o terkara lemagë, kësh o Tuashni Blesha
shenoïo chëvagas dovagë shëo Kolë jofaro faü lu shikabgë.

I'll attempt to parse it, though I don't normally do this so I'm not too
good at it. I have divided the paragraph up into sentences, parsed each
sentence, and made a few comments on each regarding inflections, etc.

1. O Tuash-ni Blesha kësh o Kolë teruza-gë no sha pa löp jofa-ro shikab-gë
shanda chë bana-vitë ken chë kafo terka baltë-gë-shä-ni kä-gë.

The North-ADJ Wind and the sun argue-PAST about who of them strong-COMP
be-PAST when a AGENT-travel in a warm coat wrap-PAST-PASS-ADJ.

The suffix -ni makes adjectives.
The verbal suffix -gë indicates past tense.
The verbal suffix -shä indicated passive voice.
The suffix -ro makes comparatives.
The prefix bana- attached to a verb root is equivalent to English -er, -or;
it indicates the person who does the action.

2. Löp sola-gë she seni, pëa telë-gë o bana-vitë-ra zora-ga-s o terka-ra
lema-ga-s, jofa-ro faü o mosha-nos aïavë-ga-shä-n.

They agree-PAST that that_person, REL_restrictive be_able-PAST the
AGENT-travel-ACC compel-PRES-INF the coat-ACC remove-PRES-INF, strong-COMP
than the other-one consider-PRES-PASS-COND.

Pëa is the restrictive relative pronoun (as opposed to chu, the
unrestrictive relative pronoun).
The nominal suffix -ra indicates the accusative case.
The verbal suffix -ga indicated present tense.
The verbal suffix -s indicates the infinitive mood.
The verbal suffix -n indicates the conditional mood.
The suffix -nos added to adjectives creates nouns meaning "a/the ... one".

3. Tena o Tuashni Blesha lesh lua kufa pevash fulë-gë, mä tim tali-sha-ro lu
fulë-gë, tim tiba-sha-ro o bana-vitë o terka-ra cherba lë baltë-gë, kësh
krishë-ni-sha o Tuash-ni Blesha nexa-gë mota-ga-s.

Then the North-ADJ Wind with his entire power blow-PAST, but the
much-ADV-COMP he blow-PAST, the tight-ADV-COMP the AGENT-travel the coat-ACC
around him wrap-PAST, and end-ADJ-ADV the North-ADJ Wind give_up-PAST

Tim...tim... corresponds to English the...the..., e.g. "the sooner the
better", etc.
The suffix -sha makes adverbs.
In the case of the word krishënisha, the root is a verbal root ("krishëgas"
= "to end") made into an adjective ("krishëni" = "final") which is then made
into an adverb ("krishënisha" = "finally").

4. Soïo Kolë safä-gë tima-sha natë-ga-s, kësh o bana-vitë tumi-sha o
terka-ra lema-gë, kësh o Tuash-ni Blesha shenoïo chëva-ga-s dova-gë shëo
Kolë jofa-ro faü lu shikab-gë.

Then-the Sun begin-PAST hot-ADV shine-PRES-INF, and the AGENT-travel
immediate-ADV the coat-ACC remove-PAST, and the North-ADJ Wind at_that_time
admit-PRES-INF must-PAST that-the Sun strong-COMP than he be-PAST.

The definite article (o) combines with several prepositions, conjunctions,
and short adverbs. Soïo is so ("then, next [in a series]") + o; shëo is the
conjunction she ("that") + o.

Regards to everyone,



Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>