Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: Noygwexaal Babel text

From:Tom Chappell <tomhchappell@...>
Date:Saturday, June 11, 2005, 16:57
Hello, Conlang group.
Hello, Geoff, and thanks for writing.
While I was in OK I couldn't use e-mail and could't know about rejected postings.
Here's one of them.  I'm re-posting it.
(My comment is pretty simple, Geoff.)

Tom H.C., now back in MI
I like it!
Where can I see more?
Tom H.C. in OK
--- In, Geoff Horswood <geoffhorswood@H...>
> As ever, comments welcome. > > ga-beejbelcwiriyuygoor > /ga "be:j.bEl'kwI.rIN'UN.gO:r/ > ga-beejbel.cwiriy.uygoor > the(h)-Babel.stair.downward_shaft > The Staired Shaft of Babel[1] > > > 1a. ceš šemgwexaal fa šemeyaal puur-i-teywin gwelmux > 1b. /kES SEm'gwEx.a:l fa SEm'EN.a:l pu:r i 'tEN.wIn 'gwEl.mUT/ > 1c. cek kem.gwexaal fa kem.eyaal puur-i-teywin gwel.mux > 1d. now one.speech and one.tongue the(m)-S-world_c > speak.obl_3co(m)_3ev > 1e. Now the whole world had one language and one tongue. > > > 2a. soo ec ziywaaru i-gooras riybiruy, taan ey-šiinaar nen hweej > anšand, far taan uloor hweej etenarand. > 2b. /so: Ek zIN' i ' rIN.bIr'UN, ta:n EN ' nEn > hwe:j an'Sand, far ta:n U'lO:r hwe:j 'Et.En"ar.and/ > 2c. soo ec ziy.waaru i-gooras, taan ey-šiinaar nen hweej > anš.and, far taan uloor hweej etenar.and > 2d. as to right.turning[2] S-people(co)[3] migrate.obl_PTC(3ev), in > the(a)-Shinar cavern they(w_co) find.obl_3co(w)_3ev, and in
> they(w_co) settle.obl_3co(w)_3ev > 2e. As men moved eastwards, they found a plain in Shinar, and they > settled there. > > > 3a. ec nuut: "aaj, va-bayeer ariinjoorcilac looygax laa vaš
> hweej gweland. > ec malec looygax lonaaruy tiywilven, far ec domon fant hweej > lonaartiland. > 3b. /Ek nu:t a:j, va baN'E:r ar'i:n" 'lo:N.gaT la: vaS > ' hwe:j 'gwel.and/ > /Ek 'mal.Ek 'lO:N.gaT lOn'a:r.UN tIN'wIl.vEn, far Ek 'dom.on
> hwe:j lOn"a:r.tIl'and/ > 3c. ec nuut: "aaj, va-bayeer ariin.joorc.ilac looygax laa vaš > cuuraw!" hweej gwel.and > ec malec looygax tiywil.ven, far ec domon fant hweej > lonaar.til.and > 3d. to each_other: "Come, OBJ-they(h_co) complete.bake.obl_PTC(2ev) > bricks(co) we(co) let make!" they(w_co) say.obl_3co(w)_3ev > to stone brick be_substituted.obl_PTC(3ev) line.obl_3co(h)_3ev, > and to mortar tar they(w_co) be_substituted.CAU.obl_3co(w)_3ev > 3e. They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks and bake them > thoroughly." > They lined with brick instead of stone, and used bitumen for > mortar. > > > 4a. taan aaren-naa: "aaj, dan abforqiinuygoor mogadoor[4] laa vaš > cuuraw, tooru-gaar ec aarn xalan laa vaš salm, fa loc > puu-teywenjuugen laa vaš miyvaardanuuler," -hweej gweland. > 4b. /ta:n 'a:.rEn na: a:j, dan ab.for"Di:n'UN.go:r ' la: > vaS ', ' ga:r Ek a:rn ' la: vaS salm, fa lok > pu: 'tEN.wEn"ju:.gEn la: vaS mIN"va:r.dan'u:.lEr, hwe:j > 'gwel.and/ > 4c. taan aaren-naa: "aaj, dan ab.forq.iin.uygoor moga.door laa vaš > cuuraw, tooru-gaar ec aarn xalan laa vaš salm, fa loc > puu-teywen.juugen laa vaš miy.vaardan.uuler," -hweej gwel.and > 4d. in that-time: "come, with > depths.penetrate.prs_PTC(2ev).down_shaft us(co) let > build, this-way to self(co) name us(co) let enflame, and on > the(m)-earth.surface us(co) let not.disperse.obl_3co(w)_2ev" - > they(w_co) said. > 4e. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a > shaft that reaches to the depths, so that we may make a name
> ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole
> > > 5a. šut ga-cuurawuymogadoor fa ga-cwiriyuygoor palis > puur-il-abtaanabšem narmox. > 5b. /SUt ga '" fa ga 'kwI.rIN"UN.go:r
> il ab'ta:n.ab.Sem 'nar.mOT/ > 5c. šut fa ga-cwiriy.uygoor > puur-il-ab.taan.ab.šem nar.mox > 5d. but the build.obl_PTC(3ev) and the-stair.down_shaft > see.obl_PTC(1ev) the(m)[5] > ascend.obl_3sgl(m)_3ev[6] > 5e. But the LORD came up to see the city and the staired shaft that > the men were building. > > > 6a. "ni ey-šemgwexaalgwelan šemgoorosotaaran tooru-tii manuuis
> joytiland, ey eenuris hweej manuuis cam-tii, ec va-hweej > miytolmanuugax otaaruleer," puur-il-abtaanabšem gwelmox. > 6b. /ni EN 'Sem.gwE"Ta:l.gwE.lan SEm'go:r.Os.O" to:r.u ti: > man'u:.Is hwe:j 'jON.tIl.and, EN 'e:n.Ur.Is hwe:j man'u:.Is kam > ti:, Ek va hwe:j '"u:.gaT O'ta:r.U.le:r, pu:r Il > ab"ta:n.ab'SEm gwEl'mOT/ > 6c. "ni ey-š š tooru-tii
> hweej joy.til.and, ey hweej cam-tii, ec > va-hweej miy.tol.manuu.gax otaar.uleer," puur-il-ab.taan.ab.šem > gwel.mox > 6d. "if the(3sgl_a)-one.language.speak.prs_PTC_1ev > this-thing do.obl_PTC_1ev they(w_co) > begin.CAU.obl_3co(w)_3ev, then project.obl_PTC_1ev they(w_co) > do.obl_PTC_1ev any-thing, to OBJ-they > be.obl_3co(w)_2ev," the(m) > speak.obl_3sgl(m)_3ev > 6e. The LORD said, "If as one people speaking the same language
> have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be > impossible for them. > > > 7a. "aaj, naris far ey-hweejgwexaal loo vaš eyaalevrenamal, > aaren-gaar nuut hweej miyaagruculeer." > 7b. /a:j, 'nar.Is far EN 'hwe:j.gwE.Ta:l lu: vaS
> 'a:.rEn ga:r nu:t hwe:j mIN"a:.grUk.U'le:r/ > 7c. "aaj, naris far ey-hweej.gwexaal luu vaš eyaal.evren.amal, > aaren-gaar nuut hweej miy.aagruc.uleer" > 7d. "Come, ascend.obl_PTC_1ev and the(a)-they(w_co).language I(sgl) > let tongue.stir.obl_3sgl(m)_2ev[7], that-way each_other > they(w_co) not.understand.obl_3co(w)_2ev" > 7e. "Come, let us go up and confuse their language so they will not > understand each other." > > > 8a. tooru-cond va-hweej veš aaren-daar ec puu-teywennay > puur-il-abtaanabšem vaardantilmox, fa ga-mogadoor cuurawuy
> tocuutand. > 8b. /' kOnd va hwe:j vES 'a:.rEn da:r Ek pu: 'tEN.wEn.naN
> Il ab'ta:n.ab.Sem va:r'dan.tIl.mOT, fa ga'do:r 'ku:.ra.wUN
> hwe:j tOk'u:.tand/ > 8c. tooru-cond va-hweej veš aaren-daar ec puu-teywen.nay > puur-il-ab.taan.ab.šem vaardan.til.mox fa ga-moga.door
> hweej tocuut.and > 8d. this-reason OBJ-they(w_co) from that-place to > the(m)-world.realms(co) the(m) > disperse.CAU.obl_3sgl(m)_3ev, and the(h) > build.obl_PTC_3ev they(w_co) stop. obl_3co(w)_3ev > 8e. So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and > they stopped building the city. > > > 9a. aaren-cond beejbel bayeer xaldven- meqiin ey-teywennaygwexaal > taan aaren-daar puur-il-abtaanabšem eyaalevrenmox. > veš aaren-daar va-hweej ec puu-teywennay puur-il-abtaanabšem > vaardantilmox. > 9b. /'a:.rEn kOnd 'be:j.bEl baN'e:r 'Tald.vEn me'Di:n EN > 'tEN.wEn.naN"gwE.Ta:l ta:n 'a:.rEn da:r pu:r Il ab'ta:n.ab.Sem > EN"a:l.Ev.rEn'mOT > vES 'a:.rEn da:r va hwe:j Ek pu: 'tEN.wEn.naN pu:r Il > ab'ta:n.ab.Sem va:r'dan.tIl.mOT/ > 9c. aaren-cond beejbel bayeer xaldven- meqiin ey-teywen.nay.gwexaal > taan aaren-daar puur-il-ab.taan.ab.šem eyaal.evren.mox > veš aaren-daar va-hweej ec puu-teywen.nay puur-il-
> vaardan.til.mox > 9d. that-reason Babel it(h) be_named.obl_3co(h)_3ev- because > the(a)-world.realms(co).language in that-place > the(m) tongue.stir.obl_3sgl(m)_3ev > from that-place OBJ-they(w) to the(m)-world.realms(co) > the(m) disperse.CAU.obl_3sgl(m)_3ev > 9e. That is why it was called Babel- because there the LORD
> the language of the whole world. > From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole > earth. > > > [1] (title): In Noygwexaal belief, the sky is a place of outer
> (though this is not the expression they would use), the home
of "elvish
> demons of air and star". The orcish heavens are in the utter
depths of the
> earth. Accordingly, I have reversed the polarity of the "tower"
of Babel
> to make it more understandable to the context. > [2] (verse 2): The prime direction to the Noygooras is north (they
> magnetic particles in their brain which aid them in direction-
> underground). East is considered to be "turning right" from north. > [3] (verse 2): The subject of the sentence is marked on all
regular nouns;
> however, compare verse 3, where the object is marked on the pronoun > _bayeer_. This is normal; the object is marked on pronouns,
except where
> there is a subject-marked regular noun. Thus, "he gives it to
her", would
> mark the object on both "it" and "her", but "he gives a rock to
her" would
> mark only "her" with the object-marker, and "the man gives it to
her" would
> mark the subject on "the man". Confused? You will be... :) > [4] (verse 4): "Mogador" is a small village not too far from where
I grew
> up. It has such a Tolkienesque sound to it that I couldn't resist
> it into their word for "city" :)! > [5] (verse 5): About the best literal translation of "LORD"
is "the deep
> one in the deep" or "the one deep in the deep". > [6] (verse 5): In English, as in the original, the plural form is
used with
> a singular subject. This is unnatural to the point of actually
illegal in
> Noygwexaal, so I have re-couched the language concerning the Deity
> singular form. > [7] (verse 7): This is not the usual word for "confuse", but fits
> context better than _goorxevreniix_ - "to mind-stir". > > > What do you think? > > Geoff
--------------------------------- Discover Yahoo! Have fun online with music videos, cool games, IM & more. Check it out!