Hanleni halsen (introduction)
List of translations
Oasue asea ranpeda oapante saliheo.
Guzo selopopoa pizue sazhe sasiuteadu
Oade asesuo selomeshapuea lelu lekare puane.
Simu ko selopazhebizha aseneo, ala?
The songs of a bird deal with great things.
The heron dips its clothing into the dew
And the lark worships the sky at twilight.
But who understands being a bird?
Oa-sue ase-a ran-peda
Inan.Pl-song bird-construct 3PlInanSubj-concern
Guzo se-lo-popoa pizue sazhe
Heron 3SAnSub-3SInObj-dip into dew
Oade asesuo se-lo-meshapuea lelu lekare puane.
And lark 3SAnSub-3SInObj-worship at twilight sky.
Simu ko se-lo-pazhebizha
But who 3SAnSub-3SInObj-understand
Sentence structure is strictly SVO. Adjectives, prepositional phrases and
adverbs always follow the word(s) they describe. Nouns in the construct
state are either in a genitive relationship to the previous noun, or
taking a pronominal suffix (a possessive suffix), or both.
S = Singular
Pl = Plural
An = Animate
In = Inanimate
Sub = Subjective
Obj = Objective
ala question particle. "Hmm?" Frequently untranslated.
asea construct form of ase, "bird"
aseneo from ase "bird" + nea "to be." bird-being. (note: not a word in Hatasoe, this is coined by the poet, a common and acceptable practice in Hatasoan poetry)
asesuo "lark" From asea+sua, "bird" of "song."
-du 3rd person singular animate pronominal suffix -- "his, her, its."
oa- inanimate plural prefix
ko interog. "who"
lekare "twilight," from lehe "light" + kara "last"
lelu "during, at"
lo- 3rd person sing. inanimate object prefix
meshapuea "to worship" from mesha "to love" + apueo "god"
pante "act, deed"
pazhebizha "to understand" from pazhe "through" + bizha "to know"
peda "to concern, to deal with," from pede, "about, concerning."
popoa "to dip"
ran- 3rd person pl. inanimate subject prefix
saliheo participle of salihea, "to be important, great"
sasiutea construct form of sasiute, "clothes, robe."
se- 3rd person sing. animate subject prefix
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