R setl-sa suq-sa-x: "The Watcher Speaks"
|From:||Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>|
|Date:||Monday, December 13, 1999, 5:08|
R taq-qa-nn eks-xa-fu setl-xa-fu umn-xa wu-twulh-fu sil-fu wu-ala-fu-fu!
setl-qa-fu! Nkm-qa. Pl setl-wa-fu klq-wa-ts. R setl-qa-fu! Nkm-qa
twulh-fu! nas-fu!-x. sz dwa-ba-qa-bi zdeg-ba-tz. R suq-qa-x esl-qa-nn
e = shwah
P = bilabial trill (raspberry)
R = uvular trill
! = alveolar click
x = [sh] in "ship"
q = uvular stop
N = velar nasal
R taq-qa-nn eks-xa-fu setl-xa-fu
topic encourage-I-next.clause critique-you-phonetic.utterance
Pl setl-wa-fu klq-wa-ts.
topic(therefore) speak-no.one-ph.ut should-no.one-last.clause
R setl-qa-fu! Nkm-qa
Topic speak-I-2ph.ut Advena-I
sz dwa-ba-qa-bi zdeg-ba-tz.
topic(question) ask-anyone-me-anything want-anyone-last.clause
R suq-qa-x esl-qa-nn sla-mda-kwa-q.
Topic watch-I-you be-I-next.clause (name)-love-water-I
I encourage you to critique human languages. They are difficult and
illogical, unlike the Advena language. No one should speak human
languages. Advena is logical and sufficient for you [or, anyone]. Does
anyone want to ask me a question about anything?
[Note Slamdakwaq is a poor stylist -- according to classical Advena
rhetoric, each new sentence (topic marker) resets the pronouns. Thus,
after establishing that fu represents human language, Slamdakwaq must,
*until starting a new topic* refer to any other languages as fu!. But
after starting a new topic, he should use fu again before establishing
fu!. We can read from this that Slamdakwaq is probably not formally
educated -- he (she?) was probably assigned to our list as a punishment or
a reward, not because of any linguistic knowledge. Alien nepotism? Who
knows how the Advena would see this assignment?]