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Elephants and hamsters

From:Mia Soderquist <tuozine@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 26, 1999, 20:10
Matt Pearson wrote:
> Tebobjeeta kuumajalaatem da putaakatem > 3p-Prog-eat.lunch elephant-Nom and hamster-Nom > "The elephants and hamsters are eating lunch" >
How odd! I have "dragon" and "guinea pig" in ea-luna, but not "elephant" or "hamster"... Well, I just really like this sentence. It's got to be right up there with "I think I bought a pregnant mouse." As of this moment, new ea-luna words: tawe hamster tede gerbil nate sugar glider kedu elephant kedugei rat (an elephant mouse. <G>) So, ANYWAY... rekeue limi ea-kedule ua ea-tawele. lunch now the elephants and the hamsters. :) There is no progressive in ea-luna, so I made it clear that the lunch was currently taking place. And the plural marker -le is optional, but I decided that the listener was probably unaware that there was more than one elephant/hamster. It is just as likely that one zookeeper would turn to her colleague and say "rekeue ea-kedu ua ea-tawe." Mia, Lilia-li-dina (Lilia is the only child I have with a name that fits ea-luna-li-diwe phonology.)