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Another little dialogue, in Old Gaajan.

From:Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...>
Date:Thursday, February 22, 2007, 22:08
Hi, I've been toying a little with Old Gaajan as well. The result is
rather fanciful yet, but kind of funny, so I'll share it. After Proto
North East Caucasian I have been splitting Gaajan history in three
phases, Old, Middle and Late Gaajan, the latter being spoken in the
time of Uttrediay. I don't at all have a very good scheme of sound
changes yet, so I'll go straight to the text. But since I do have
some sounds here that aren't so convenient with the Latin alphabet I
have to mention that I am using c and x for the lax dental and velar
fricatives respectively, and cc and xx for the emphatic ones. Q is an
uvular fricative.

The day is wearing on and the sun is beaming down from a merciless
blue sky as Hakurnawara is approaching King Karnunwara with a worried
look on his face. "Semtanuccer," he says, "hilqohuruna
Iccahwinarasedir hihisan?" (O King, how far is it to Ity?)
"Gwigailada hikwunsakawqe hawnasarug hihwanantloht," the king
replies. (We must march for 6 days more.)
Hakurnawara raises his hands. "Asanuccer, ahara iltiqe hihwananwa
acxxendu." (O lord, the people will not endure the march.)
The king replies grimly, "Xxenduacciht. Xxentawaunanwa
hihisan." (They must endure. It is my command.)
Hakurnawara bows his head. He knows what he must do. "Xadahihisan,
asanuccer," he replies, stepping back. "Acemdin." (Yes, o lord. It
will be.)

Is this pronouncable, or what?

Words are much longer than in Late Gaajan, and the sound is very
different. I suppose many of these words must be compounds. Of
morphology I know that there are no auxiliaries, and nouns have
markers for animate (-wara) inanimate (-wala) and abstract (-wa or -

These historical considerations are giving me some new perspectives
on the later stages and I think there will be some changes. Formerly
I've mostly been tracing word by word and formant by formant, but
forming sentences in the older stages and finding out how it works
gives much more information. The modern Urianian sigmatic futures
will have to go, I think, and there may be some changes in the
subjunctives too.