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Oa-sa

Patrick Dunn



te-vi neratata uvor gau itlasa. Neth-ni baktu gau reri-ni kotaksa, ut liri-le shashag, ua liri-le ul kirtka. Oa-he tina paktu ze, kau-le me far kitka. Nefrusa cau-lo! Tea-le nura ulpuksa munmun; tea-ni levruz-ni.


Recite the book of the primal chaos: The essence of the sea of chaos is contending things, so that they remain still, and do not move. When a magician dips from this sea, the chaos begins to move very much. Beautiful chaos! Thou art full of endless bits of information; thou art the world.


Vocabulary

far very much, exceedingly
itla one
itlasa first, primary
kau chaos (sometimes spelled "cau", borrowed from Greek)
kituk (kitk-) to move, to be moved
kotak (kotk-) to fight
levru world
liri third person plural pronoun
me begins to, incipient
mun a bit of information
nefru beautiful
neratat- recite
neth bone, essence
nur to be full of
oa wizard, mage, magician, scientist
paktu sea, ocean
reri many things, pluralities, bits and pieces (always pl)
shash- to stop, come to a standstill, be still.
tea thou
tin- to dip out of, as with a dipper or spoon
ua and, but
ulpuk endless, infinite
ut so that (borrowed from Latin)
uvor book
ze this
-z the

Some grammar

The subject of the sentence takes a mood particle as follows:

-le indicative
-he temporal relative ("when....")
-lo vocative (no verb)
-vi imperative

Verbs in the present tense end in -a, past tense -o, and future tense -iv.

Verbal endings modify the meanings of verbs as follows:

-ra perfective aspect
-sh(i) passive voice
-g(e) reflexive

Nouns form their genitives by voicing the first sound. Cau - chaos, gau - of chaos. Nouns beginning in vowels add n-. Uvor - book, nuvor - of a book.

-r- is a negative infix., -ni a copulative suffix, -sa an adjective suffix that makes adjectives from verbs and nouns.


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