Vos u Yatsal - A short story in Oldvak
|From:||Joe Fatula <fatula3@...>|
|Date:||Friday, May 16, 2003, 20:45|
This is a translation of August Schleicher's story "The Sheep and the
Horses", using the English version shown below. As Oldvak does not have a
general word for a single sheep of undetermined gender (sort of like English
cow/bull/cattle), I have used "ewe". Same goes for horses, using "mare" in
this story. So "Vos u Yatsal" means "The Ewe and the Mares". If anyone
wants to puzzle through how the story works, I'd be glad to help!
Vos u Yatsal
Dolba, vos alirmatye selde alerse yatsal, ial yali tamulag goran tseyer,
ial antar go zurze, u ial dzoi antar ber.
Vos iva yatsali, "Egerseas ber aldira yatsali obolsu mat zia."
Yatsal iva, "Vos, tasi, yegerseas ber aldira sulteye usselde ulotasi ali
yobolsu mat zia. U vos irmat selde."
Alatasur, vos lergai eldilu.
The Ewe and the Mares
On a hill, a ewe who had no wool saw horses, one of them pulling a heavy
wagon, one carrying a big load, and one carrying a man quickly.
The ewe said to the mares, "My heart has pain to see a man ruling over
The mares said, "Listen, ewe, our hearts have pain when we see man, the
master, taking your wool for a warm coat for himself. And the ewe has no
Hearing this, the ewe fled into the plains.
How would you describe the sound of this language? I can't figure out what
natlang it sounds like, though it seems vaguely "Siberian". The vowels are
all Latin, |s| is /S/, |y| is /j/, stress is on the syllable before the last
closed syllable (penultimate in words ending in a consonant, antepenultimate
in words ending in a vowel).